The 11th Annual Ready for School Backpack-A-Thon

Friday, August 4, 2017, NEW! at The Reggie Lewis Center

1,000 Volunteers + 3 Hours + 40,000 Backpacks = School Readiness for Local Kids in Need!

High-impact volunteering!

This high-energy and high-impact event on Friday, August 4, at The Reggie Lewis Center, brings together more than 1,000 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.

At an impressive speed of more than 10,000 backpacks per hour, Backpack-A-Thon will produce 40,000 new backpacks full of notebooks, pencils, rulers, and more in just four hours! After celebrating successful teamwork, Backpack-A-Thoners can sit back and enjoy lunch while hearing about the incredible ways this annual event touches the lives of thousands of local children through our network of 127 Nonprofit Social Service Partners. Stay tuned to find out more about what you’ll be doing on August 4!

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Golden Pencil Awards

Our prestigious Golden Pencil Awards will once again be up for grabs. Find out how your team can earn one of Boston’s highest honors and make a lasting difference.

The Children and Families we Serve

The need for these essential school supplies is real and growing every year. Find out more about the children and families we are helping get ready for school this year.

Check out this video from Backpack-A-Thon 2015!

11th Anniversary Ready For School Supporters

Level of SupporterVolunteers
Committed Supporters
Presenting Supporter
$100,000
100
Diamond Supporter
$75,000
70
Platinum Supporter
$50,000
50
Gold Supporter
$25,000
25
Silver Supporter
$15,000
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Bronze Supporter
$10,000
15
Friend Supporter
$5,000
10