CCSD59, community partners connect families with supplies as school year approaches
Each summer, warehouses and meeting spaces transform into assembly lines thanks to community collaboration.
CCSD59 hosts annual back to school events as an opportunity to help families get ready for the school year by connecting them with school supplies. This year, nearly 1,200 backpacks filled with supplies were distributed at the two-day event at John Jay Elementary and Blackhawk Estates. Families had the chance to meet staff members from every CCSD59 school, representatives from partner organizations, collect books, support Parent Teach Organizations through food vendors.
Much of the backpack collections was thanks the partnership of the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove, who established donation sites at two district venues, yielding the largest total of backpacks ever to distribute at this event.
“The generosity of our communities and community partners always amazes me,” said Ashley Robertson, CCSD59 Director of Social Emotional Learning and Student Equity. “The Community Outreach Team has worked diligently to build connections with organizations that allow us to provide for our students and their families. We look forward to this drive and the back to school events as we greet families before the new school year, and it adds even more meaning when you’re able to provide them with a backpack filled with school supplies to get their year started off right.”