Elgin Community College and its partners are preparing for Project Backpack, a community-based initiative to benefit area students in need. Donations of school supplies will be accepted through Monday, July 23, at several locations. The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Building J Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
Students who provide proof of residency or fall 2018 enrollment in school districts U-46, 300, 301, 303 or 20 or at ECC are eligible to receive backpacks.
During the event, backpacks filled with school supplies are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, limit one backpack per student. A range of community agencies and services will also be available at the event to help residents in need.
“It’s incredibly moving to see the impact this event has on so many families in our community,” said Megan Highland, Student Life coordinator and the Project Backpack lead. “Thousands of smiling students have left the event wearing their new backpack full of supplies and excited to start the upcoming school year. Seeing students receive the supplies they need to learn is a wonderful experience, and it’s all made possible by the many generous donors and volunteers.”
More than 12,500 students have been served since the initiative began in 2010. Over 1,400 backpacks were distributed to families during last year’s event.
Donations of the following supplies are needed:
- Gender-neutral backpacks
- Two pocket folders
- One subject spiral notebooks, wide rule
- Filler paper, 150-200 count, wide rule
- Standard yellow wood No. 2 pencils, 10 count
- Black pens
- Glue sticks, 0.21 oz.
- Crayola® crayons, 24 count
Public donations can be dropped off at the location below. Visit project-backpack.org for additional public donation collection locations.
Elgin Community College
Student Life Office
Building B, Room B173
1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin
*Office is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monetary donations are also welcome. Visit project-backpack.org to make a donation.
Individuals interested in volunteering for a shift during the Wednesday, Aug. 8 or Thursday, Aug. 9 backpack packing days or during the event on Saturday, Aug. 11 can register online at project-backpack.org.
Project Backpack is sponsored by Elgin Community College, Elgin Community College Faculty Association, Community Crisis Center of Elgin, ECCP3, Kane County Regional Office of Education, Kane County Teachers Credit Union, School District U-46 and United Way of Elgin.
For more information, visit project-backpack.org or contact the ECC Student Life Office at 847-214-7370. For information in Spanish, call 847-888-5000, ext. 4211 (Para información en Español, llame 847-888-5000, extensión 4211.)