Back to School with Backpacks and More

“There’s toys! There’s toys!” a small girl called out. She dashed across the dining room at our partner, the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, to get a closer look.

“Best. Day. Ever.” announced another child.

The room was lined with tables containing backpacks, markers, crayons, post-it notes, calculators and other school supplies for all ages. After filling their backpacks, children could pick a toy from a selection of whiffleballs and bats, fidget toys, craft kits, jump-ropes and more. Everyone enjoyed cotton candy made fresh on the spot.

There was similar excitement at our Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, where we held the giveaway outside. “I’ve got mad stuff in here and I don’t even go to school!” said one preschool-aged boy, holding up his pack.

We’re grateful to Stone Point Capital and Target for sponsoring the giveaways and sending volunteers, as well the local tenant leaders who pitched in to help!