10th Anniversary Ready for School Backpack-A-Thon®

Support Cradles to Crayons’ Ready for School initiative and help 30,000 local children succeed in school this year!

The Initiative

Our Ready for School initiative distributes backpacks filled with new, age-appropriate school supplies and custom KidPacks filled with shoes, clothing, and more, to ensure that children arrive at school on the first day prepared and excited to learn! In partnership with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey, Backpack-A-Thon® is the signature event in Cradles to Crayons’ year-round efforts to help children succeed in school. Corporate supporters are invited to join us and help fill 30,000 backpacks with new school supplies for local children in need. Sponsorship opportunities with event participation at Lincoln Financial Field are limited. 

The Need

Starting school without the tools needed to succeed can put big obstacles in a developing child’s way. Items like backpacks, art supplies, writing tools, and back-to-school clothing & shoes are imperative to help get children mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared for school. New backpacks and supplies give children a sense of pride and excitement to go back to school. With these tools, they are more likely to attend school and complete homework — knowing they have the same chance at school success as their peers. Parents can focus on rent and groceries instead of facing the stress of school-related expenses.

“The beginning of the school year is very exciting for children returning to school, but it can also be very financially trying for families with limited resources. When we distributed the backpacks last year, we noted two key things: the excitement on the faces of the children and the relief on the faces of parents who knew — at that moment — that their child would attend the first day of school, like all the other kids, with a backpack full of supplies that can be very costly for a family with limited resources.”

Non-Profit Social Service Partner

You can help.

Cradles to Crayons needs your support to help get thousands of local children prepared to learn and dressed for success! Please donate to support our Ready for School initiative. Just $33 provides one child with a KidPack full of head-to-toe essentials: clothing, shoes, lightweight jacket, books, and a backpack full of new school supplies. 

Support Our 10th Annual Backpack-A-Thon®

This high-energy and high-impact event on Thursday, August 10, brings together more than 600 corporate volunteers to fill 30,000 backpacks in under two hours. Backpacks are filled assembly-line style with all the new school supplies a child needs to be ready to learn, and then picked up by our Nonprofit Social Service Partners directly from the site and distributed to local children within days. Corporate partners are critical to the success of this program and we welcome the opportunity to work together on customizing a Ready for School partnership to meet your company’s social responsibility goals. 

10th Annual Backpack-A-Thon® Supporters

Cradles to Crayons looks forward to engaging you in these high-impact opportunities to give back. Contact Molly Krause, Development Associate at  companiesphiladelphia@cradlestocrayons.org or 215-853-6204 for more information, or to discuss how your organization can get involved in our Ready for School initiative.