July 27, 2018
FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES — During the IPS Back-to-School Festival on Saturday, August 4, more than 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed to families while supplies last. The backpacks are being provided by Teachers’ Treasures and Indy BackPack Attack.
Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) have teamed up again to ensure district students of all ages put their best feet forward for the 2018-19 school year.
On Saturday, August 4, IPS and IHS will host the second annual IPS Back-to-School Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St. The festival is free and open to the public. It’s also one of several back-to-school events aimed at providing assistance for school-aged children and their families being held this summer.
A highlight during this year’s IPS Back-to-School Festival is the distribution of more than 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, thanks to Teachers’ Treasures and Indy BackPack Attack. Families will receive free backpacks for each student they bring with them, while supplies last.
“Indy BackPack Attack (IBA) along with Teachers’ Treasures are donating approximately 2,466 backpacks to be distributed at the festival,” said Mandy Emery, Indy BPA chair.
According to Emery, Indy BPA was originally created in 1999 to help children in the IPS school system succeed by putting the tools essential to learning into the hands of all students.
“When Teachers’ Treasures said they would be donating over 2,400 backpacks to Indy BackPack Attack we knew they would be a great fit for the IPS Back-to-School Festival,” Emery added. “We at Indy BackPack Attack are always excited to know that children in need are getting the necessary supplies needed to succeed in school.”
Other festival highlights include a school fair providing resources on topics ranging from after-school activities and mentoring to scholarships and tutoring. The fair will also feature several booths from IPS featuring new high school programming, transportation services, human resources and opportunities to apply for job openings throughout the district.
Families can take part in a variety of activities, such as creating bookmarks with images from IHS collections or writing kindness cards with encouragement for starting off the school year right. Guests can also take part in a family challenge for the chance to win free tickets to return to the history center and the “Indiana Experience” exhibit.
“Indianapolis Public Schools is excited that our students will get free access to the wonderful educational offerings at the Indiana Historical Society,” said Carrie Cline Black, IPS spokesperson. “Add to that free backpacks and school supplies, plus a wide range of community resources, and you have the perfect jumpstart to a great school year!”
Beth Whitaker, IHS coordinator for learning, said the Indiana Historical Society is excited to build on a community partnership with IPS and others to set kids up for success. “The (IPS) Back-to-School Festival targets both academic and social-emotional needs to make sure kids and parents are ready for the new school year.”
Community partners participating in the IPS Back-to-School Festival include:
- Basile History Market
- Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis
- Brightwood Community Center
- Center for Leadership and Development
- Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
- Indiana National Guard
- Indianapolis Indians
- Indianapolis Public Library
- Indy BackPack Attack
- Indy Parks
- Mobile Dentist
- Teachers’ Treasures
Parking for the festival is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The history center is also located along several IndyGo bus routes. For more information, visit myips.org or www.indianahistory.org.