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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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2013 Important Dates

  • June 24 – Kickoff event
  • June 24-July 19 – BackPack Attack collection drive
  • June 25 – IUPUI Campus Kickoff, UL 1116, 2:30 p.m. (IUPUI departments and units can collect donation bins and posters.)
  • July 22-July 23 – Drop off collected items to IUPUI Surplus Warehouse (located at 1830 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN)
  • July 27 – Public distribution

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