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Ready for Learning 

Providing 90,000 Backpacks for Chicagoland Kids

The Need

Families spend an average of $320 a year on back-to-school supplies—and we know that costs continue to rise! School essentials are both inaccessible and unaffordable for families already working hard to pay rent or put food on the table.

The Initiative

Our 2023 Ready for Learning initiative presented by Discover will provide 90,000 backpacks filled with learning supplies—free of charge. These backpacks were distributed to a network of over 70 Service Partners including Chicago Public Schools, just in time for school!

The Event

Cradles to Crayons will host our 8th annual Backpack-A-Thon on August 2, 2023, at Daley Plaza, with plans to bring together 700+ civically-minded volunteers to pack brand new school supplies into backpacks. Check out highlights from last year’s event below!


To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact
Meghan Doetschman at mdoetschman@cradlestocrayons.org