CHICAGO (CBS) — The new school year kicks off in just a few weeks, but many students in Chicago do not have the basic supplies to be successful.
Cradles to Crayons held Thursday its Inaugural Ready for School Backpack-A-Thon at the Hilton Chicago. The national nonprofit, who recently launched in Chicago, teamed up with state and city leaders, as well as more than 200 volunteers from Chicago’s leading companies to fill 10,000 brand-new backpacks with school supplies for local children living in low-income and homeless situations.
The backpack program is the Chicago chapter’s first major event, WBBM’s Mariam Sobh reports. The 10,000 backpacks “will be delivered in the next couple days to children in Chicago who might not have the things they need to start school,” said Bernard Cherkasov, Cradles to Crayons Executive Director in Chicago.