Annual Back 2 School Backpack Drive


The BNAR is proud to once again support the Annual Back 2 School Backpack Drive for our local BACK 2 SCHOOL ALLIANCE!

The BACK 2 SCHOOL ALLIANCE (BTSA) is a group of volunteers and community partners dedicated to supporting students in need.  For the past 21 years, they have worked hand-in-hand with District 87 and Unit 5 to bring kids and community together by putting backpacks and school supplies into the hands of children who need them most.

Did You Know?

  • One in three students in Bloomington-Normal public schools comes from a financially strapped family.
  • There are more than 5,500 students in grades K-8 who qualify for free and reduced lunch in District 87 and Unit 5 schools.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are raising money in lieu of school supplies to help the BACK 2 SCHOOL ALLIANCE purchase pre-filled backpacks to be distributed to the kids at the Back 2 School Party held August 13, 2020 at the Grossinger Arena.

Monetary donations are being collected June 29th - July 17th online or by check to Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (with BTSA on the memo line). Checks can be mailed to the BNAR Office or will be collected at local brokerages on July 17th.

Please join us in giving kids in need the supplies to succeed! With your help, these kids will kick off their school year with a positive start.

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