Putting backpacks and school supplies into the hands of students who need them most so they are ready on day one!

The Need

33% of kids in Bloomington-Normal schools qualify for free or reduced lunches 5,500 eligible students in grades K-8 1,700 eligible students in grades 9-12

How You Can Help

There are many ways to help: host a drive, volunteer, or donate. These activities directly impact almost 6,000 students in our community who are in need across multiple schools.

Thank you for your support!

Host a Drive

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Hosting a backpack drive is easy and fun way to interact with people and make a difference to the students in need.



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Volunteers are the heartbeat of BTSA, from attending a meeting to sorting supplies – it ALL matters! SIGN UP


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Donations can be monetary, school supplies, in-kind, EPI at  EPI – State Farm or items on our Amazon wishlist. DONATE

Fast Facts

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Many of our volunteers have been recipients of our school supplies!

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An eyebrow pencil sharpener can be used as a pencil sharpener! First tried and tested by Taunia Leffler, who broke her pencil sharpener on her first pencil, she started using an eyebrow pencil sharpener and got the job done!

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Back To School Alliance (BTSA) has been supporting students in need since 1999!

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In 2020, despite COVID-19, BTSA increased the supply of backpacks by 30 percent, from 3,000 to 4,000!

Thank You to Our Community Partners and Supporters

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