10th Annual Ready for School Program


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


As one school year comes to a close, Cradles to Crayons is already focused on getting children ready for the next. Presented by OMAM and TJX, the Ready for School program distributes backpacks filled with new, age-appropriate school supplies and 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 10th Anniversary of this critical program.


Starting school without the tools needed to succeed can put big obstacles in a developing child’s way. 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.

Items like backpacks, art supplies, writing tools, and back-to-school clothing are imperative to help get children mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared for school. Help Cradles to Crayons help local children get prepared and dressed for success!

“The beginning of the school year is very exciting for children returning to school, but it can also be very financially trying for families with limited resources. When we distributed the backpacks last year, we noted two key things: the excitement on the faces of the children and the relief on the faces of parents who knew—at that moment—that their child would attend the first day of school, like all the other kids, with a backpack full of supplies that can be very costly for a family with limited resources.”

–Patience Sampson, Boston Medical Center—Grow Clinic

Get Involved!

Donate Clothing and Dollars

CIMG_4698lothing 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!

>Jordan’s Furniture is collecting Ready for School essentials for the fifth year in a row!

Join us on June 18 from 10am-2pm at the Jordan’s Furniture in Reading, MA to kick-off the collection with Cradles to Crayons, Jordan’s Furniture, and special guests MAGIC 106.7 and HOT 96.9! Or drop off your items any time at any Jordan’s Furniture location throughout the summer!

>Collect donations through your school, business, or community group and bring them to any of our drop-off locations!

>Right now, your $25 contribution gets TWO Massachusetts children prepared with everything they need to start the school year ready for success. Join the #FamiliesHelpingFamilies Challenge and support tomorrow’s scholars today!

Create “Well Wish Notes”

WWNoteWrite a few 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!


Give Back with an Outfit Pack at your local Old Navy!

The Give Back with an Outfit Pack program lets you and your family, friends, and colleagues go shopping for back to school clothing for local children! An Outfit Pack is a week’s worth of children’s clothing, including pants, shirts, underwear, socks, pajamas, and more. Each year, Cradles to Crayons receives thousands of requests for Outfit Packs for kids. You can help help a local child return to school school confident and prepared to learn.

Support our 10th Annual Backpack-A-Thon®


This high-energy and high-impact event on Friday, August 5, on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, brings together more than 850 volunteers to fill 40,000 backpacks in under three hours. Backpacks are filled assembly-line style with all the new school supplies a child needs to be ready to learn—many of which will be picked up by Nonprofit Social Service Partners directly from The Plaza and distributed within days. 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 company goals.


11th Anniversary Ready For School Supporters

Level of SupporterVolunteers
Committed Supporters
Presenting Supporter
Diamond Supporter
Platinum Supporter
Gold Supporter
Silver Supporter
20Arbella Insurance Foundation
Bronze Supporter
Friend Supporter
10Harvard Pilgrim Health Care | Health Advances | Intellia Therapeutics | Needham Associates


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