New Name For Our Nonprofit

Back 2 School Illinois replaces ICECF

 

We’ve changed our name to better reflect who we are and the work we do. In the coming months all of our communications will be converted to Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI) from the Illinois Currency Exchange Foundation, NFP (ICECF). The Board of Directors voted in the fall of last year to make the name change. While our name may be changing, our commitment to education has not. Our mission still remains; to create and support educational opportunities that enrich the lives of Illinois children.

 


SAVE THE DATE

Back 2 School Kickoff Luncheon Set For June 8

 

This year’s Back 2 School kickoff luncheon will be at the festive and colorful Carnivale located at 702 W. Fulton St. in Chicago. Don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE. We are excited to be moving this year’s event to this imaginative and dynamic space.



200 Children at the Pederson-McCormick Boys & Girls Club Get Kits

Uptown Club A Beacon of Hope In Challenging Community

 

The holiday’s can be tough for many but in particular children that come from low-income families and often aren’t able to get much in the way of presents. So, it was particularly rewarding to brighten the Christmas season for 200 youth that attend programs and use the facilities at the Pederson-McCormick Boys & Girls Club located on Sheridan Rd. just north of Lawrence.

 



Centro Communitario Juan Diego Kids Receive Special Holiday Gifts

Children Dig Into Back 2 School Kits

 

As we continue to expand our efforts to put more school supplies into the hands of children, we are partnering with more community organizations of all sizes. One of our newest partnerships is with Centro Communitario Juan Diego, which serves the South Chicago area and provides many vital programs such as health care, social services, and family education. As a part of their Christmas celebration that included lots of gifts each child received one of our Back 2 School kits.

 



Children All Smiles At Holiday Party

Kids Get An Early Christmas…including our Back 2 School Kits

 

The holiday season is filled with magical moments and we were happy to be a part of one; the George Watson Memorial Christmas Party at Camp Duncan YMCA. This annual event is one of our favorites, as the kids, who come from families that struggle financially, have an opportunity to celebrate and get some wonderful gifts including clothing, toys and of course, one of our school supplies kits.

 



Kids “Eat Up” Exercise & Nutrition
Boot Camp

And Parents Like It Too

 

Our first ever Power Up! Boot Camp program was a success, though not exactly the way we intended. We had initially envisioned a bigger event but we ended up with a smaller one that allowed us to provide each child with more individual attention. With an instructor/student ratio of 5 to 1, the children were able to ask more questions, do more activities and by the looks on their faces and the sound of their voices, had a ton of fun.

 



Students at Jesse Sherwood and
Mahalia Jackson Elementary Surprised on First Day of Classes

Each Student Receives Own Back 2 School Kit

 

The first day of school is always a bit chaotic as students switch gears from summer vacation mode. So much goes on during the first day including meeting new teachers, finding classrooms, meeting new classmates and reconnecting with old ones and checking out any building changes such as a fresh coat of paint, new desks and computers in the lab.

 



Back 2 School Event at Broadway Park Armory Scores Big

School Supplies Distribution and Activities for YMCA Kids A Winner

 

We participate in many school supply distribution events but this one at the Broadway Park Armory is the granddaddy of them all. Last year we had our big distribution event here and because it was such a success we decided to come back.


This year we trucked in close to 25,000 Back 2 School kits filled with over three quarters of a million school supplies.

 



Our Military Serves Us and Now We Serve Them

Families Grateful and Kids Are All Smiles Receiving Our Back 2 School Kits

 

Hundreds of active-duty and reserve-duty military personnel from all branches of the armed forces showed up at a series of school supplies distribution events we did in partnership with Operation Homefront. We are proud to partner with this great organization, which provides support to military families here in Illinois. This past weekend we gave out school supplies at Great Lakes Naval Station, Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Camp Lincoln down in the state’s capitol, the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mount Vernon and the Center of Excellence in Bartonville.

 





Back 2 School Program


 

Our Back 2 School program, the state’s largest, provided over 25,000 underprivileged children with 750,000 school supplies in 2013.

 



POWER UP! Boot Camp - A Healthy Minds/Healthy Bodies Program

 

 

Our new Power Up! Boot Camp teaches children about the importance of getting enough exercise and proper nutrition and how it impacts their performance both in and out of the classroom.

 



Back 2 School Program – Win School Supplies for an Entire School Contest

 

Win school supplies for each and every student of an elementary school. Be a hero by helping to provide one lucky school with a box of school supplies for every single student this fall.



College Scholarship Program

 

Each year we provide scholarships to deserving Illinois high school seniors so they can attend college. Recipients also receive complimentary tickets to attend ICECF’s Back 2 School program kickoff luncheon. For more information on our 2015 program including application guidelines and requirements, Click Here.

 





 Back 2 School Documentary

 

A year in the making, our documentary illustrates the plight of students not having school supplies and how it effects them along with their families as well as the burden it places on teachers. While the problem is a serious one, the film also shows how the Back 2 School program is working to fix the problem and how people can get involved and help.