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Build-a-Backpack Day 2014

Join us at Northwestern University’s Lakefill on Saturday August 9th for an outdoors community event to package 2,000 backpacks with school supplies for Chicago Public Schools students in need. This family fun event will feature carnival games, a DJ, free food, and drinks.

Date: Saturday, August 9th 2014*
Time: 1:00 – 4:00PM CST
Location: Northwestern University Lakefill (Map)
Parking: We suggest parking on the newly constructed lot on N. Campus Dr. near the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion. From the North: Take a left onto Lincoln St. from Sheridan Rd. and head through to N. Campus Dr. From the South: Take a right onto Lincoln St. from Sheridan Rd. and head through to N. Campus Dr. View the map.

Make sure to check out the Facebook event to stay tuned for details.

*In the event of inclement weather, Build-a-Backpack Day will be held on August 16th, 2014.

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A closer look at our mentoring program

Supplies for Dreams is extremely proud of our mentoring program. Every week our mentors travel to our partner schools and meet with their mentees to tutor them and discuss a wide array of topics. We do our best to foster curiosity in the students, as we believe curiosity and a thirst for knowledge are imperative traits for young students to possess.

Last week, one of our members interviewed a mentee named Fernando from Manuel Perez Jr. Elementary School to hear his thoughts on the program. When asked what he has learned from the program so far, Fernando said, “I’ve learned the importance of asking questions. It’s very important for learning more. It’s also very exciting to hear about the things you can do in college.” Fernando, an adorably innocent fifth-grader, draws inspiration from his mentor Paul. Both mentor and mentee aspire to become doctors one day, and so the two have developed an especially close relationship. “Paul has taught me the importance of hard work and not giving up,” said Fernando. Friendships like Fernando and Paul’s epitomize the goals of our mentoring program. We foster friendships between all of our mentors and mentees, as students such as Fernando are much more likely to learn, grow and succeed from the program when they are close with their mentor.

Fernando (left) and Paul (right) have developed a close friendship.
Fernando (left) and Paul (right) have developed a close friendship.

Say Hello to Our 2013 Annual Report

We are proud to introduce the 2013 Annual Report. 2013 was a year full of program improvements and expansion. From adding the Chicago History Museum to our Award-a-Field Trip program to launching our eMentoring program, learn more about how you helped us achieved our goals and get an insight into what our plans are for 2014.

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