BEAR Back to School

2020 Back to School Dates: Please check back for this information, as specific dates are not yet confirmed due to COVID-19.

BEAR’s Back to School program helps ensure that children currently under the supervision of Child Protective Services have the resources they need to confidently begin school each fall. It makes an immense difference in a child’s success when they possess the basic supplies needed to do homework and participate in class. BEAR’s goal is to empower children in CPS care by providing them with everything they may need to feel prepared. This program supplies over 5,000 children annually with new uniforms, school supplies, and a backpack to help them start school.

You can help in several ways!

  • Host a drive to collect new school supplies to donate. See below for items we hope to collect this year:

  • Shop on Amazon! Simply click here to access BEAR’s Back to School List. Please be sure to include your information on the thank you note if you choose to donate this way!
  • Make a financial donation to help BEAR purchase supplies in bulk from distributors. For more information on how to donate to Back to School, click here.
  • Volunteer to help with school supply and uniform inventory and packing backpacks. Back to School needs volunteers in the summer each year. Click here for a list of any current volunteer opportunities and information on how to volunteer.

Caseworker’s insight…

“The families that I serve are typically low income and many are grandparents with limited income. Some of our children are uprooted from their homes without any personal belongings. The families are very grateful for BEAR’s assistance with uniforms and school supplies.”

“The Back to School Program has made a significant impact on the children being prepared for the upcoming school year.”

“Because of your generosity many children are able to begin the school year with clean clothes and school supplies.”

“Your donations have contributed in many children staying in their placement longer, having their needs met by the caregiver and excelling in school. Please continue to help our families so that permanency can be achieved for all the kids that Child Protective Services serve. “