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Thanks to the support of our donors, sponsors and community partners, we provided nearly 1,000 backpacks and 500 digital devices during the 2021 Back to School Bash — doubling last year's reach. We were able to reach more than 450 families this year. 

Now we are working with students who received backpacks to make sure they have access to our Free School for Unlimited Youth programs like virtual tutoring, college prep workshops, sports, arts, music, horseback riding and other extracurricular activities!

Students and families faced immense challenges during the 2020-21 school year: A gaping digital divide cutting the most vulnerable off from virtual learning, underinvestments in critical school resources and aging infrastructure, and a lack of access to the kind of supports needed for a successful school year.

These problems are not new — they are the result of years of structural and systemic injustice in the District. But we also know that the pandemic had an outsized impact on our most vulnerable students and families — our Black and Brown students and our immigrant students. And we know that as our communities transition back to in-person life, these inequities will persist unless we step up together to address them.

Big thanks to our sponsors!

Students still need your help!


Why are we doing this?

This school year is a major transition for our students, and they need our support and our love more than ever. Access to quality supplies will empower our students to excel in school without worrying about the basics. And providing our students with opportunities for recreation and health, as well as tutoring and academic supports, will help ensure that our students have a more successful school year! 


Last year we were able to provide more than 425 students backpacks full of school supplies and connected more than 200 students with caring virtual tutors and extracurricular opportunities. This year, we doubled that impact!

If you have any questions, please reach out at b2sb@serveyourcitydc.org.

Every backpack contains

  • Digital Device for Distance Learning

  • Headphones

  • Art Supplies

  • Books

  • Children’s Masks, Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant Wipes

  • Pens

  • Graphite Pencils

  • Pencil Bag

  • Colored Pencils, Markers, Crayons

  • Calculators

  • Scissors

  • Water Bottles

  • Notebooks

  • White Board

  • Dry-erase Markers

  • Index cards

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Sticky notes

  • Highlighters

  • Tissues

  • Enrichment Program Material

  • Recreational Activity Equipment

  • Fidget Spinners

  • Snacks

  • Coloring Books

  • Cards

  • Activity Books