Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sponsor a Student School Supply Drive

From Sen. Steans' Office:  "We have a large number of students in Uptown and we've always gotten a great response from the blog.

State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Harry Osterman, and Alderman Mary Ann Smith are partnering once again to collect school supplies for low-income children in the neighborhood.  The third annual “Sponsor-a-Student” is a partnership with Care for Real - Edgewater’s food and clothing pantry, and other local non-profits to provide school supplies for children in Rogers Park, Edgewater, and Uptown. Students need a wide variety of supplies, which differs at each school. Donors will sign up to sponsor a student and will receive the student’s grade, age, gender, and the school supply list for that particular student. The bags, on average cost $75, but less expensive lists are available as well. The drive ends on August 19. To participate or for more information, e-mail jen@heathersteans.com or call 773-769-1717."

UU Note:  We hear that backpacks will be free (with rebate) at Staples starting with the next mailer, so that's something to keep in mind if you're buying for a student.

UU Note 2:  If you'd prefer to go through another program, there's Kits For Kidz, where the supplies go to homeless Chicago Public School students, but not necessarily those in Uptown.


  1. Just a reminder: The rebate for the backpacks is in the form of a Staples Gift Card, not actual cash back.

  2. Oh, great, now I've got "1-877-Kits-for-Kids" pounding in my brain. Thanks a lot UU! :-)

  3. For shoppers of MENARDS, there is currently sales of backpacks and courier bags for $5.99-$8.99 - with a $5.00 rebate per (6 limit). Rebates are in the form of store credit.

  4. FYI, Target has 24 packs of Crayola crayons for twenty-five cents each right now. For those of you who don't know already, that is a SUPER cheap price. I bought about fifty over the last few weeks. I will donate some to school supply drives and keep the rest for toy drives at Christmas.

  5. I would presume Peter is giving lots of the money he took from the schools back to the children through this program.