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May 4, 2016

City seeks donations and sponsors for Operation Back to School Chandler

The City of Chandler Diversity Office, along with For Our City-Chandler and a volunteer committee, is gearing up for another Operation Back to School event on Saturday, July 23, at Chandler High School. Its mission is to ensure Chandler students are ready with the supplies they need for the first day of school. 

Operation Back to School is a one-day event where kids receive a free, brand-new backpack that’s filled with school supplies for a successful school year. Haircuts, uniforms, socks, shoes and underwear are a few of the freebies students also can receive during the event. 

“Operation Back to School Chandler has brought together dozens and dozens of groups that used to distribute school supplies independently,” said Councilmember Kevin Hartke. “By working together, we have made it possible for every child in Chandler to have a backpack and school supplies that needs them. This has removed a lot of worry and stress from families.”

More than 3,000 families and students attended last year and more are expected to attend this coming year. It takes a village to make this happen and the City needs help from the business community and residents.

There are several ways to get involved, including: 
  • Corporate sponsorships that range from $500 to $20,000; 
  • Making an online financial contribution (100 percent of monetary donations are used to purchase supplies for students);
  • Donating school supplies, shoes, socks or underwear from a recommended wish list;
  • Volunteering to assist with inventory and backpack stuffing prior to the event or the day-of event assistance.
Other ways to show support is to donate a new backpack filled with supplies from the City’s wish list, or conduct a backpack/supply drive at your workplace or organization.
 
To view a complete list of sponsorship opportunities, school supplies needed, or volunteer opportunities, visit backtoschoolchandler.org. The website also has a list of drop box locations and information on how to donate online. Drop box locations for backpacks and school supplies will be open until Wednesday, July 13.  

For more information on Operation Back to School Chandler, contact Niki Tapia with the City’s Diversity Office at niki.tapia@chandleraz.gov or 480-782-2214.