Ready for Learning 

Providing 105,000 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 2024 Ready for Learning initiative presented by Discover will provide 105,000 backpacks filled with learning supplies—free of charge. These backpacks are distributed through a network of over 60 Service Partners, including Chicago Public Schools, just in time for school!

Help a Student Today 

Every child deserves to start the school year with anticipation for a fun and positive educational experience. We know that self-esteem plays a significant role in academic success.  When children have the learning tools they need, and clothing that gives them pride in their appearance, they feel more secure, optimistic, and excited to learn.

The Event

Save the Date! Cradles to Crayons Chicago will host our 9th annual Backpack-A-Thon on July 31, 2024, bringing together 700+ civically-minded volunteers to pack brand new school supplies into backpacks. Check out highlights from last year’s event above!

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