Back 2 School America Announces Reception Honoring Winning Illinois Educators From The 'We Appreciate Teachers' Contest

Reception held on May 4th at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center during National Teacher Appreciation Week


CHICAGO (April 15, 2023) –– Back 2 School America, the Chicago-based non-profit renowned for its Build-A-Kit program that provides vital school supplies for students in need, announces the date for the much-anticipated special champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception honoring the twenty-five (25) winning Illinois teachers selected for this year’s first “We Appreciate Teachers” contest.

Each winning teacher from the statewide contest (January 10 – April 01, 2023) shall receive a personal gift basket for their enjoyment and Back 2 School Kits, which are packed with vital school supplies for their respective classrooms.

"We Appreciate Teachers" is an initiative designed to celebrate and support teachers statewide with the hopes of also slowing down their loss in the state. This contest truly supports the students and teachers as it provides much-needed school supplies for students who are unable to afford them while also working to eliminate the need for teachers to pay for supplies out of their own pocket. Most importantly, it provides the students with the tools, confidence, and excitement they all deserve.

WHEN ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Wednesday, May 4th, 2023 • 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. CST ​ ​

WHERE ​ ​ ​ ​ DANK Haus German American Cultural Ctr, ​ 4740 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Logan Square)

WHAT ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ "We Appreciate Teachers" Award Reception

  • Media Is Invited To Attend (Pre-Registration Requested).
  • Opportunities For B-Roll And Interviews With Nonprofit Leadership, Winning Teachers, And A Few Individuals That Nominated The Teacher. ​ 
  • This Event Is Not Open To The Public.

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Media Contact

Media Contact

Chez Ordoñez, Public Relations, Back 2 School America

Pictures above from the 2022 "We Appreciate Teachers" contest reception in Chicago



About Back 2 School America

The Back 2 School program was launched in 2007 to address the pressing needs of communities and the inequities in educational opportunities for children. 

In 2015 the nonprofit changed its name to Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI) to reflect the work of the organization. In the summer of 2018, B2SI expanded and launched Back 2 School America, to provide Back 2 School kits to children across the USA. 

Today, B2SA continues to provide children of low-income households with free school supplies to help level the playing field and lessen the financial burden on their families and their teachers. The Back 2 School program has provided more than 350,000 children with their own school supply kit. The organization’s long-term goal is to make sure that all children in the USA are provided with the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.


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