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BackPack Attack

For thousands of children in Indianapolis, the first day of school will be long on excitement but short on supplies. Many children in Indianapolis live in poverty and start school without the basic tools essential to their success. To help provide some of the necessary supplies students need to get started, local organizations, schools and businesses have joined forces.

BackPack Attack is a partnership among IUPUI, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, UPS and Indiana Members Credit Union. These partners work year round to recruit 300 businesses from the Indianapolis area to conduct employee drives within their businesses.

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2014 Important Dates

  • June 23 – Kickoff Event, Indianapolis Zoo
  • June 24 – IUPUI Campus Kickoff in UL 1116
  • Collection through July 18:
    • $2 off admission to Indianapolis Zoo with donation to Indy BackPack Attack
    • Saturday, July 12, Indy BackPack Attack will be collecting at the Indiana Fever game
  • July 21-22 – Drop off collected items to IUPUI Surplus Warehouse (located at 1830 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202)
  • July 26 – Public distribution, multiple sites, check for details

BackPack Attack highlights through the years

  • distributed over 100,000 backpacks
  • gave supplies to every Indianapolis Public School
  • gave supplies to over 40 nonprofits working with mentoring and education
  • started classroom makeover grants