2017 Ready for School Program

Support Cradles to Crayons’ Ready for School program and help 70,000 local children succeed in school this year!


Research has proven that when children are not fully prepared for the first day of school, their success is compromised.

While this school year is still in full swing, Cradles to Crayons is already focused on getting children ready for the next school year.

Presented by OMAM, the Ready for School campaign distributes backpacks filled with new, age-appropriate school supplies, including tools aligning with Massachusetts State Standards for STEM education, helping students excel in math and sciences from an early age as well as KidPacks filled with shoes, clothing, and more—to ensure that children arrive at school on the first day prepared and excited to learn! This year we celebrate the 11th year of this critical initiative.

“The items provided by Cradles to Crayons remove the barriers that prevent children from attending school, like the embarrassment of not having clean clothes or school supplies.”

–Cradles to Crayons Service Partner


Starting school without the tools needed to succeed can present big obstacles for a developing child. There are more than 300,000 children in need in Massachusetts right now and your help is essential to supplying children with the tools they need to translate their knowledge and creativity into confidence and good grades.

Simple things like backpacks, art supplies, writing utensils, and back-to-school clothing are imperative to mentally, physically, and emotionally prepare children for school. Help Cradles to Crayons get local children ready and dressed for success!

Get Involved!

Support our 11th Annual Backpack-A-Thon®


NEW LOCATION! This high-energy and high-impact event on Friday, August 4, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, brings together more than 1000 volunteers to fill 40,000 backpacks in less than three hours. Backpacks are filled assembly-line style with all the new school supplies a child needs to be ready to learn! Thousands of the backpacks will be in the hands of our young learners within days of the event.

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 goals.

Create “Well Wish Notes”

WWNoteWrite “Well Wish Notes” to the 40,000 students who will receive backpacks from Cradles to Crayons in August! This is a quick and easy activity—appropriate for all ages—that makes a big difference to all the children we serve. We need as many as you can make—instructions are provided here!

Donate Clothing and Dollars

IMG_4698Clothing and footwear are as essential as backpacks and supplies for going back to school. Every gift counts—prepare a child for school from head to toe!

Keep an eye out! Jordan’s Furniture will be collecting Ready for School essentials for the sixth year in a row this summer.

Cradles to Crayons looks forward to engaging you in these high-impact opportunities to give back. Contact our Corporate Relations Team at companiesboston@cradlestocrayons.org or 617-779-4772 for more information, or to discuss how your organization can get involved in our Ready for School program.


11th Anniversary Ready For School Supporters

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