2021 Backpack Giveaways & Back to School Events

Backpack Giveaway for New School Year

For the fifth year in a row, our outreach team will host FREE Backpack Giveaways and sponsor other local community Back to School events to directly assist disadvantaged, school-aged youth obtain the basic tools they need to succeed.

At each of our hosted Backpack Giveaways, K-12 students must be present to receive a backpack stuffed with the following school supplies:*

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • And, more!

Locations & Dates for 2021 Backpack Giveaways

We look forward to spending time with our community neighbors at the following FREE Backpack Giveaways and Back to School events in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Indiana, and Illinois! As supplies are limited, make sure that you get there early to pick up your backpack before they are gone.

Special notice: Backpacks will only be provided to K-12 school-aged students that attend one of the giveaways or events in person.


August 14, 2021 — Merrillville, IN from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.* | Dean & Barbara White Community Center (6600 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410)

500 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this FREE back-to-school event! Families are invited to join the fun by collecting one backpack per student 18 years of age or younger, and then staying for FREE food and games.

Backpack and food quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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August 14, 2021 — Chicago, IL from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m* | Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy ( 5024 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60609)

750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this FREE back-to-school event! Families are invited to join the fun by collecting one backpack per student 18 years of age or younger, and then staying for FREE food and games. We’d also like to extend a special “Thank You” to our community partner Dr. Eugene Jao from La Clinica Injury Specialists for his financial contribution towards our Chicago backpack giveaway.

Backpack and food quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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July 31, 2021 — Las Vegas, NV from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.*  | The Boulevard Mall (3528 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169) 

In partnership with the Clark County School District Police, we will be giving away a total of 1,000 FREE backpacks at The Boulevard Mall’s 2021 Back to School event! Families are invited to join the fun by collecting one backpack per student 18 years of age or younger from our team. They can then stuff the backpack with school supplies collected at other booths to help prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.

Backpacks and school supplies are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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July 24, 2021 — North Las Vegas, NV from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* | Craig Ranch Amphitheater (628 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032) 

Lerner and Rowe is pleased to support local youth and families as a community sponsor of the North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD) Cops Back to School Revive. For this back to school event, our team is providing food and drinks to help keep attendees refreshed and energized to join in all of the fun activities planned.

Free items and services are offered to K-12 students, families present with K-12 students, or teachers as applicable and while supplies last, on a first-come, first-served basis, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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July 20, 2021 — Phoenix, AZ from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.* | Metrocenter Mall parking lot (9617 N Metro Pkwy W, Phoenix, AZ 85051)

750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this contactless drive-up event! Students must be present in vehicles to receive a backpack. Quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

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July 19, 2021 — Tucson, AZ from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.* | Kino Sports Main Complex (2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson, 85713) in the parking lot south of E Milber St

750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this contactless drive-up event! Students must be present in vehicles to receive a backpack. Quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

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July 17, 2021 — Albuquerque, NM from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* | The Pit parking lot (1111 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque, 87106)

750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this contactless drive-up event! Students must be present in vehicles to receive a backpack. Quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

*Backpacks and school supplies will be handed out while supplies last. Children must be present for parents to collect a backpack.

2020 Tucson Backpack Giveaways

Back to School Events for Tucson Students

750 backpacks filled with school supplies were given away in Tucson, Arizona on August 15.

We are grateful for the assistance from GAP Ministries and their community partners to help distribute the backpacks at Ministerios Ammijezreel and the Family Christian Center.

We are also grateful to each of our team members that volunteered their time to help fill each backpack.

Mutual collaboration and a shared drive to give back and help others in the community is what helps make events like our Tucson backpack giveaway possible.


Photos of Tucson 2020 backpack preparation and giveaways:

IN/IL Backpack Giveaways

IN/IL Backpack Giveaways

Merrillville and Chicago Back to School Events

This past weekend our Lerner & Rowe team held two amazing Back to School Backpack Giveaway events! We were able to give away 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to the communities of Merrillville, IN and Chicago, IL. Our drive-thru style events proved to be successful in efficiently and safely getting backpacks to families.

Thank you to our amazing staff who came out to help. Thank you to our partners at the Chicago Police Department and staff of Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy for your assistance and donation of space. And thank you to the staff at Hidden Lake Park and Ross Township for all of the assistance your teams provided.

We hope everyone has a wonderful, safe, and healthy school year!


2020 Chicago and Merrillville drive-thru backpack giveaway photos:

Albuquerque Backpack Giveaway

2019 Albuquerque Back to School – Backpack Giveaway

We held our Albuquerque Back to School – Backpack Giveaway at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico. The event was a hit! 1,000 kids walked away with a backpack stuffed with school supplies just in time for the 2019-2020 school year.

Special thank you to all who attended and helped make this back to school event happen!!

 

 


Photos from the 2019 Albuquerque Backpack Giveaway:

 

Phoenix Backpack Giveaway

We had an amazing turnout for our 2019 Phoenix Backpack Giveaway! Thank you Kuban Elementary School for opening your doors to hosting the location, and to all of our team members and event volunteers who helped make the day possible.

It was a pleasure to meet each of the students and their family members who attended the event. Our team is beyond thrilled to have had the opportunity to give away 1,500 backpacks to assist local students prepare for the school year!!


Take a look at a few moments captured at our 2019 Phoenix Backpack Giveaway: