More than 100 volunteers are expected to turn out for a “Build-a-Backpack Day” event Sunday, Aug. 1, on the Northwestern University campus.

The event, organized by the local non-profit group Supplies for Dreams, will provide backpacks filled with school supplies to 1,000 Chicago Public Schools students.

More than 100 volunteers are expected to turn out for a “Build-a-Backpack Day” event Sunday, Aug. 1, on the Northwestern University campus.

The event, organized by the local non-profit group Supplies for Dreams, will provide backpacks filled with school supplies to 1,000 Chicago Public Schools students.

More than 20 area firms and 150 private donors have provided funds for the supplies that will fill the backpacks.

The event, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Norris East Lawn, will also feature live music by the Fatum Jazz Group and other artists as well as refreshments from local restaurants.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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4 Comments

  1. Great, but dont forget Evanston kids

    KASS right here in Evanston supplies our own community children who cannot afford supplies.

  2. Yes, think about low–income Evanston kids

    Some schools in Evanston/Skokie District 65 have more than 60 percent of low-income students.

    Check the latest enrollment numbers on the District 65 web site…http://www.district65.net/.  The notion that Evanston children don’t need this assistance is out of date.  There are plenty of children here in Evanston, Northwestern’s home, who would benefit from this assistance.   

    Evanston property owners pay astronomical property taxes.  I, for one, would appreciate Northwestern’s assistance in helping provide for our low-income Evanston students.  If Northwestern is looking for ways to improve its town/gown relationship, here’s a good opportunity.

     

    1. Churlish

      Might you consider at least offering a word of praise for the students’ initiative in launching the project at all, before criticizing them and NU for failing to direct their charitable efforts toward our favorite community, Evanston? The world is bigger than Evanston, and it is entirely appropriate for people to direct their charitable efforts where ever they choose.

      And, as the comment below indicates, there’s already a program providing this service in Evanston.

      — Bill Smith

    2. Church(s) also fill backpacks

      At least one church, First Pres. of Evanston, also fills backpacks.

      From being at EPL before school starts, it looks like some group [one already mentioned?] provides school supplies.

      Question this brings up is their a lack of cooperation and coordination with this program and other—-like we see in so much government—of groups providing duplicate services or not in the most efficient way.  Sometimes because they want to ‘do good’ but not consider helping some other group with better experience rather than getting your name on the project, might be more effective.

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