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What We're Reading: Backpack Edition

By Anya Alexander July 31, 2015

This week Communities In Schools partnered with Huntington Bank on the release of the “2015 Backpack Index” which revealed that the cost of school supplies for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year will increase, likely to significantly impact low income families.

According the annual report, the cost of equipping students with supplies will increase by nearly 10 percent for high school students and could cost families with more than one child in elementary, middle or high school as much as $3,000 for school supplies and activity fees. Read more on what parents can expect to pay this year.

Communities In Schools’ affiliates, volunteers, site coordinators and staff around the country are hosting stuff the bus supply drives and partnering with businesses to collect donations of supplies from customers to help students and families in their local communities.  

Want to get involved? Look up your local affiliate to find events in your community.

Here are just a few:




  • Communities In Schools of Wayne County is working with their local newspaper, The Palladium-Item, to raise funds for the organization and to collect school supplies for students during July for its 12 Month of Giving Campaign. Read more




  • Communities In Schools of Atlanta is partnering with Walmart locations throughout Georgia to collect school supplies for economically-disadvantaged students through the annual Build a Backpack Back-to-School Supply Drive. Learn more.


For tips on how to save money this school year, click here.