Since 1999, BackPack Attack has collected more than 2.1 million school supplies for children in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) as well as other schools in Marion, Boone, Hancock and Hendricks counties.
Did you know that 78% of the families in the IPS system can’t afford the basic school supplies that their children need. Students with inadequate supplies suffer an unnecessary struggle to keep up with peers. Many IPS teachers spend their own money to purchase these supplies for students.
Sponsors, businesses and members of the community helped collect a total
of 667,000 school supplies for students throughout Marion County during this year’s BackPack Attack school supply drive. This was a 63% increase over last year’s collection, which amounted to 425,000 supplies. Even in a down economy, the BackPack Attack saw an increase in the number of backpacks collected, one of the most expensive items donated to the drive. A total of 15,100 backpacks were collected, which was up from 8,500 in 2008.