Back 2 School America Launches “We Appreciate Teachers”


Back 2 School America Launches “We Appreciate Teachers” 

Statewide Campaign to Celebrate & Support Illinois Educators 

25 Winning Illinois Teachers Will Receive Free School Supplies for their Students 

Back 2 School America (B2SA), a national non-profit organization that provides free school supplies each year to tens of thousands of deserving kids from low-income families to help them succeed in the classroom, is pleased to announce the launch of its 2023 We Appreciate Teachers campaign. 

The initiative is designed to celebrate and support Illinois educators by rewarding twenty-five winning teachers with Back 2 School America kits (full of vital school supplies) for their entire classroom of students. The winners will also receive gift baskets and will be treated to a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception in Chicago the first week of May (Teacher Appreciation Week). 

Anyone can submit a campaign application on behalf of a teacher, including the teacher himself/herself. The teacher must be currently employed by a school in Illinois. 

To participate, interested parties should complete the online We Appreciate Teachers campaign application, or print out and complete the application form off the B2SA website, and then mail it in to B2SA. All applications must by completed no later than April 1, and include an essay (250 to 500 words) explaining how the nominated teacher goes above and beyond to positively impact their students’ lives. Winning teachers will be notified by April 11. 

“During these challenging times, teachers have had to work even harder to make sure their students stay connected and are learning,” says Back 2 School America CEO, Matthew Kurtzman, “With our campaign, we are celebrating the creativity, resourcefulness and going above and beyond that teachers have had to do to provide Illinois school children with an education.” 

The Back 2 School program was launched in 2007 to address the pressing needs of communities and the inequities in educational opportunities for children. In 2015 the nonprofit changed its’ name to Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI) to reflect the work of the organization. In the summer of 2018, B2SI expanded and launched Back 2 School America, to provide Back 2 School kits to children across the USA. 

Today, Back 2 School America (B2SA) continues to provide children of low-income households with free school supplies to help level the playing field and lessen the financial burden on their families and teachers.  

Since its inception, the Back 2 School program has provided more than 340,000 children with their own school supply kits. The organization’s long-term goal is to make sure that all children in the USA are provided with the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. 

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