YMCA hands out 1,200 boxes of school supplies

The Kishwaukee Family YMCA distributed 1,200 boxes of school supplies to local children in need on Aug. 14, in partnership with YMCA of Metro Chicago and the Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation (ICECF) Back 2 School program.

The mission of the Back 2 School program is to provide the tools children need to succeed in the classroom. Boxes of school supplies were distributed to local youth, including children attending the Y Summer Day Camp and Camp Power program and Y member families in need. Kits were donated to Sycamore School District 427, DeKalb School District 428, St. Mary’s of DeKalb and St. Mary’s of Sycamore.

Back 2 School is the largest school supply program in the state, distributing more than 750,000 school supplies to more than 20,000 students from low-income households throughout Illinois. The ICECF donated supplies to approximately 60 YMCAs throughout the Chicagoland area.

Nearly 200 kits were distributed at University Village in DeKalb, home to Camp Power, and over 600 kits were issued to families participating in summer camp and scholarship recipients at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA.

Lisa Cumings, community health liaison with Kishwaukee Hospital and co-coach for Live Healthy DeKalb County, helped to distribute supplies at University Village.

“The parents were so appreciative, especially those that have multiple kiddos,” Cumings said. “The kids couldn’t resist opening them and organizing them to see what they would bring to school. This was another example of our outstanding community support that we receive from the Kishwaukee Family YMCA.”

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