CCO’s Annual Back-to-School Bash was a huge success! Families sheltered at CCO enjoyed dancing, music, pizza, cake, prizes, face-painting, and more. All school-aged children chose a new backpack, from a wide-range of styles, provided by the Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association (NEIU). NEIU has provided and distributed backpacks and school supplies at the Back-to-School Bash for years. Thank you, NEIU!
Student volunteers from Uptown Christian School (UCS) set-up the room, served food, decorated, cleaned, and reassembled the dining room. The teens were willing, fun, and amazingly helpful. Thank you, UCS!
Education is a critical stabilizing force in the lives of homeless children. We are privileged to partner with our area school teachers and administrators to ensure that the children sheltered at CCO have the best education possible.
Are you interested in donating to really great cause? This Thursday we will be hosting CCO’s Back-to-School Bash! Consider making a donation today that will help cover the cost of backpacks, shoes, party and school supplies.
Over 150 children are sheltered at CCO with their families. Education is a stabilizing force for families experiencing homelessness. At CCO, we work with parents to make the transition to school as smooth as possible.Our yearly back-to-school event gives all our school age kids a chance to choose a backpack and supplies, participate in games, enjoy treats and listen to motivational speakers.
This year’s CCO Back-to-School Bash was once again filled with music, treats, prizes, academic motivation, school supplies, and backpacks. We want to say a huge thank you to Senator Heather Stearns, who for the third year in a row, donated money for a new pair of shoes for each of our school-age children. House of Representatives Greg Harris joined in the effort to provide back-to-school shoes. Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association donated hundreds of brand new backpacks which allowed the children to choose a color and style they wanted for the new school year. Associate Dean of NEIU, Alberto Lopez, and Pastor Neil Taylor, provided motivational speeches to encourage the children to enter the classroom with hope and determination. Target – Wilson Yard generously donated cases of water and juice for the event. Families enjoyed eating pizza and cake after choosing a new beanie baby or toy.
Each year this special event helps create an air of excitement and joy about the upcoming school year. We always look forward to a fun afternoon with the families sheltered at CCO. Beyond that, donors provide many of the essential back-to-school items that prepare our children in a very practical sense. To all our outstanding donors and volunteers we want to say a huge thank you for helping the school year start off right.
From right: Sandy Ramsey, Margeurite Brown, Karen Warne, Eddie Bocanegra, Mindy Taylor
Northeaster Illinois University Alumni Association
This is my year!
Brand new backpacks for everyone!
This is my year!
Backpacks for all the everyone!
Kuumba Lynx performance group!
Eddie Bocanegra inspired CCO’s families.
The Cat in the Hat joined in on the fun!
Kuumba Lynx entertained everyone.
CCO Executive Director, Sandy Ramsey and Alderman James Cappelman.
The facepainting station was busy!
CCO’s Back-to-School Bash was a huge success! Many CCO staff and volunteers worked hard to make the event fun and motivating for our families.
Once again the Cat in the Hat MC’ed the festivities and gave away some Dr. Seuss books. Eddie Bocanegra from the documentary, The Interrupters, encouraged everyone to pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles they encounter. His words were encouraging and inspiring. We enjoyed the performance art provided by Kuumba Lynx, a local youth movement that brings dance, poetry and positive motivation to their audiences. Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association not only gave away new backpacks but have been gathering and shopping for them for weeks! Thank you! The face painting station was packed with excited children. Every school aged child chose a gift from the toy give away table. We were glad to see 46th Ward Alderman, James Cappelman attending the event and joining in on the fun.
Three hundred delicious Ann Sather’s sandwiches were provided by Alderman Tom Tunney for families to enjoy. Representative Jan Schkowsky provided the funds to purchase Pizza Hut pizza’s for our shelter guests and Tony, Store Manager for Lawrence Pizza Hut donated 20 more! Once again, Senator Heather Stearns generously donated money to purchase shoes for everyone of CCO’s school age children! The Wilson Yard Target provided CCO with bottled water and juice boxes for the event.
We want to say a special thank you to all our volunteers. The First Romanian Baptist Church of Chicago’s Outbreak graciously helped serve treats at this years event. Volunteers from Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church distributed toys and ran the face painting station.
So many wonderful donors and volunteers worked together to make this Back-to-School Bash the very best yet! Thank you so much!