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.
Over 150 children are sheltered with their families at CCO. Many of them leave CCO each morning and head to school. Will you consider making a generous donation that would allow us to buy a new pair of shoes for each of our school-age children? Help our kids start their school year off right!
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.