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Donations sought for seventh annual ECC Project Backpack

Elgin Community College and its partners are preparing for Project Backpack, a community-based initiative to benefit students in need. Donations of school supplies will be accepted prior to Monday, Aug. 1, at several locations. The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Building J Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Supplies are received through individual, retailer, church, and community organization donations. Students who provide proof of residency or enrollment in Districts 300, U-46, or at ECC for fall 2016 are eligible to receive supplies. Backpacks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, limit one backpack per student.  A range of community agencies and services will also be available at the event to help individuals in need.

More than 15,000 backpacks have been distributed since 2010. Last year's event had 3,500 people attend and approximately 1,800 backpacks were distributed to families. The Northern Illinois Food Bank joined the effort and handed out 7,000 water bottles, apples, and healthy snacks at the event.

Donations of the following supplies are needed:

  • Two pocket folders, solid color only
  • One subject spiral notebooks, wide rule, solid color only
  • Packs of loose leaf/filler paper, 150/200 count, wide rule
  • Packages of yellow wood, standard No. 2 pencils, 10 count
  • Black pens
  • Scissors, gender-neutral color
  • Glue sticks, 0.21 oz.
  • Rulers, wood or gender-neutral color
  • Pack of 24 count crayons, Crayola preferred
  • Gender-neutral backpacks

Donations will be collected at the following locations:

  1. Elgin State Bank - Main Location
    1001 S. Randall Road, Elgin
  2. Elgin State Bank - Summit Location
    445 Summit St., Elgin
  3. Elgin State Bank - McLean Location
    590 N. McLean Blvd., Elgin
  4. District U-46 Educational Services Center
    Second floor reception area
    355 E. Chicago St., Elgin
  5. Elgin Chamber of Commerce
    31 S. Grove Ave., Elgin
  6. Elgin Community College
    Building B Student Life Office
    1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin
  7. St. Charles Episcopal Church
    994 N. Fifth Ave, St. Charles
  8. Illinois Pain Treatment Institute
    431 Summit St. #101, Elgin

Project Backpack is sponsored by Elgin Community College, Elgin Community College, ECC Faculty Association, Community Crisis Center, Kane County Regional Office of Education, Kane County Teachers Credit Union, School District U-46, and United Way of Elgin.

For more information, contact the ECC Student Life Office at 847-214-7370 or visit For information in Spanish, call 847-888-5000, ext. 4211 


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