Thank You for Making a Difference at Our Build-A-Kit Social!

As we reflect on the successful night we had this past Wednesday for our annual Build-A-Kit Social, we want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who made this event possible. Together, we packed 200 essential Back 2 School Kits and provided them to United African Organization @uniteafricans, and the funds raised will help us continue our important mission of empowering students and teachers across Greater Chicago and beyond. Your involvement truly makes a difference.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
Our heartfelt thanks go to all the sponsors who generously supported this cause. Your commitment was crucial in bringing this event to life and helping us reach our goals.

To Our Dedicated Volunteers
To every volunteer who gave their time and energy—thank you! Your enthusiasm and hard work were infectious and instrumental in organizing and running the event smoothly. We could not have done it without you.

To All Attendees
Thank you to each attendee who joined us, whether by packing kits, participating in activities, or contributing through donations. Your engagement and spirit are what make our community strong and proactive.

Congratulations to Our Raffle Winners!
A big congratulations to all our raffle winners! We hope you enjoy your prizes and thank you for adding an extra layer of excitement to our day.


The Impact of Your Contributions
The kits assembled and the funds raised will provide invaluable resources to students, empowering them with the tools they need to succeed in the upcoming school year. Your contributions have truly set them on a path of continued learning and achievement.

Missed the Event? You Can Still Make an Impact
For those who could not make it but wish to contribute, please visit to donate and learn more about our ongoing efforts. Every bit of support continues to make a significant impact.

We are inspired by your generosity and look forward to continuing this journey together. Please keep an eye on our future events and updates. Together, we are making education accessible and enriching lives.

Thank you once again for your support and for being a part of this important cause.

With gratitude,

Bernadette Shanahan-Haas
Executive Director
Back 2 School America


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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