The Children and Families We Serve

School alone is tough enough. Not having the tools you need to succeed is an even bigger obstacle to overcome. There are more than 300,000 children in need in Massachusetts right now, many of whom will start their first day of school without a pencil or notebook—carrying homework and library books in unreliable plastic bags, in the absence of backpacks.

Items like backpacks, writing tools, and back-to-school clothing are imperative to help get children mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared for school. New backpacks and supplies give children a sense of pride and excitement to go back to school. With these tools, they are more likely to attend school and complete homework—knowing they have the same chance at school success as their peers. Parents can focus on rent and groceries instead of facing the stress of school-related expenses.

Watch our 2015 Backpack-A-Thon Impact Video: