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Illinois campaign seeks funds for supplies to help underserved students achieve
From a press release
2017-11-29

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CHICAGO — Back 2 School Illinois ( B2SI ), a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides tens of thousands of deserving kids from low-income families with free school supplies to help them succeed in the classroom, is pleased to announce its first-ever holiday campaign.

B2SI is launching the campaign — which runs from today through December 31 — to raise funds to support its ongoing work to provide educational opportunities for underserved Illinois children.

"In this season of giving, we invite you to make a donation to Back 2 School Illinois, to help us provide free school supplies to Illinois children from low-income families. Together, we can give these kids the ultimate holiday miracle: a bright future," said Matthew Kurtzman, CEO, Back 2 School Illinois. "The school supplies we buy ( with the campaign funds raised ) will be distributed to Illinois children to enhance their academic performances and increase their self-esteem.".

To participate in the campaign, donors visit www.B2SI.org/Holiday and click on the "Donate" button in the upper right-hand corner. Next, they can make a tax-deductible donation that truly makes a difference in an Illinois child's life. ( And have the option of making the donation "in honor of" or "in memory of' a friend or family member )

A little donation can make a big difference:

$15: Provides school supply kit to 1 Illinois student for the new year

$30: Provides school supply kits to 2 Illinois students for the new year

$75: Provides school supply kits to 5 Illinois students for the new year

$120: Provides school supply kits to 8 Illinois students for the new year

$300: Provides school supply kits to 20 Illinois students for the new year

While most students strive for success in the classroom, it can sometimes prove difficult when they don't have the necessary school supplies. With the free supplies provided to them by B2SI, underserved IL students are given the tools they need to thrive in the classroom. Providing the supplies to students the first week of the new year ( when students have often run out ) lets them know that they're cared for by others in the community and deserve a good education.

"There are over 1.2 million students in Illinois living in low income households. Last year alone, B2SI provided more than 890,000 school supplies to these students," says Back 2 School Illinois CEO, Matthew Kurtzman, "Our first-ever holiday campaign will help us raise some of the funds necessary to provide students with new supplies to begin the new year motivated and prepared."

To date, almost 5 million school supplies have been given to in-need children to ensure their academic careers are on a path to success. However, B2SI works to provide students with more than just supplies. The tools given out provide students with a sense of ease and confidence as they walk into school.

To learn more, visit www.B2SI.org/Holiday .


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