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REGISTRATION STARTS JUNE 13
and runs through
AUGUST 5, 2016.

Click on “Registration” to learn more and
find locations where you may register.

How You Can Help!

Volunteer  Opportunities
Please follow this link to the volunteer registration portion of our website. We need over 100 volunteers to make this event a success. All that is required is a cheerful attitude and a smile.

Registering For Services
Registration starts June 13 and runs through August 5, 2016. Click on “Registration” to learn more and find sites where you may register.

Tax-deductible Donation
Please know that all donations go directly to purchasing supplies for the one-day shop.

Supply Donations
School supply donations can be brought to the Boys and Girls Club or The Salvation Army during normal business hours. If you have a large number of supplies, please call ahead so that we can be prepared to assist with the size of your donation.

How You Can Help!

Volunteer Opportunities

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Please follow this link for a complete list of volunteer opportunities and the volunteer registration portion of our website. We need over 100 volunteers to make this event a success. All that is required is a cheerful attitude and a smile.

Tax-deductible Donations

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Please know that all donations go directly to purchasing supplies
for the one-day shop.  Back to School Fond Du Lac Limited
is a 501(c)3 public charitable organization and
donations are tax-deductible.

Supply Donations

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School supply donations can be brought to the Boys and Girls Club or The Salvation Army during normal business hours. If you have a large number of supplies, please call ahead so that we can be prepared to assist with the size of your donation.

Who We Are

The “who” coordinating the behind-the-scenes activities for Back to School FDL are individuals from various churches, businesses, and organizations such as ADVOCAP, the Boys & Girls Club, the Fond du Lac School District, and the Salvation Army. This team relies on the support and generosity of individuals and groups throughout the Fond du Lac area for raising funds, collecting supplies, sorting supplies, distributing supplies, and shopping with the kids on Distribution Day.

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What We Do

Back to School FDL focuses on the children in the local area who need assistance with obtaining school supplies for the upcoming school year.  In order to meet those needs, we solicit area businesses and organizations, conduct fundraisers, and write grants so that we will have the monies available for purchasing supplies. We also conduct supply drives at numerous locations throughout Fond du Lac over the summer.

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When We Do It

The team starts planning in January for the upcoming August Back to School Distribution Day. In April or May there is a large group meeting where we reach out to recruit new team members and volunteers. (Please note: We are always looking for new volunteers.) Throughout the summer, there are various fundraising activities and school supply drives. Upcoming events are listed under Calendar on this website.  This year’s event takes place Saturday, August 20 at the YMCA | Boys & Girls Club.

 

Who We Serve

We provide school supplies to all children in the Fond du Lac area whose parents meet the income eligibility requirements and who have registered at one of the participating agencies.

Our Heritage

Back to School began in 1995 and initially served about 100 students. Ascension Lutheran, First Presbyterian and The Salvation Army of Fond Du Lac worked together to develop the program over the first two years. Soon many other churches joined in  and the program expanded rapidly with the Salvation Army determining what families needed help and  churches collecting  money and  supplies. By 2007 the program served nearly 800 students in Fond du Lac County. In 2008 through 2011 the Salvation Army took over full operation and control of the program. By 2011 the number of students served dropped to 300 to 400 students. In 2012 the program was reorganized with the collaboration and support of the entire community coming together to expand the program. A dream team of Churches and Agencies was formed and by 2014 and 2015 the community wide “Back to School FDL” served over 1200 students in the county.

Students Served in 1995

Students Served in 2007

Students Served in 2011

Students Served in 2014

Why You Should Provide Financial Support!

The Fond du Lac School District has 7,340 students for the 2015-2016 school year. The number of economically disadvantaged students is 2,974, or 40.52%. These students live in families that struggle to make ends meet and have to decide what bills they can afford to pay. In situations like this, school supplies often don’t get bought.

One teacher commented that,


“Our students already have doubts about their importance and the value of school. The children without pencils learn to pretend that they don’t care about being prepared, but it is clearly a source of stress. When you’ve lost your last pencil, it’s hard not to feel like a loser. Conversely, having a pencil to lend is a social plus.”


Having school supplies has a significant impact on increased interest in learning, increased class participation, increased class preparedness, homework completion, improved self-esteem, student behavior, and school attendance.

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Percentage of Economically Disadvantaged Students

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Percentage of Economically Disadvantaged Students

Why You Should Provide Financial Support!

The Fond du Lac School District has 7,340 students for the 2015-2016 school year. The number of economically disadvantaged students is 2,974, or 40.52%. These students live in families that struggle to make ends meet and have to decide what bills they can afford to pay. In situations like this, school supplies often don’t get bought.

One teacher commented that,


“Our students already have doubts about their importance and the value of school. The children without pencils learn to pretend that they don’t care about being prepared, but it is clearly a source of stress. When you’ve lost your last pencil, it’s hard not to feel like a loser. Conversely, having a pencil to lend is a social plus.”


Having school supplies has a significant impact on increased interest in learning, increased class participation, increased class preparedness, homework completion, improved self-esteem, student behavior, and school attendance.

Donate Now!

Help Us Make a Difference in a Child’s Future by Choosing a Giving Level that’s Right for You.

SUPPORTER

Purchase a Portion of Needed Supplies
$5/$10 / $15 / $20 per student
  • Provides needed supplies:

  • TI-30 scientific calculators

  • 1” binders
  •  Crayola® washable markers
  • Pointed scissors 5” & 7”
  •  No. 2 Pencils
  • Black, blue and red pens
  •  Water colors
  •  Single subject notebooks (all colors)
  •  Sketchbooks
  •  Dry erase markers
  •  Loose leaf paper
  •  and more
Purchase Supplies

BACKPACKER

Cost to Purchase One Unfilled Backpack
$25/per student
  • Supplies one unfilled backpack:

  • + One backpack

  •  TI-30 scientific calculators
  •  1” binders
  •  Crayola® washable markers
  •  Pointed scissors 5” & 7”
  •  No. 2 Pencils
  •  Black, blue and red pens
  •  Water colors
  •  Single subject notebooks (all colors)
  •  Sketchbooks
  •  Dry erase markers
  •  Loose leaf paper
  •  and more
Purchase One Backpack

STUDENT

Cost of One Completely Filled Backpack
$65/per student
  • Entire List of School Supplies:

  • One backpack

  • TI-30 scientific calculators
  • 1” binders
  •  Crayola® washable markers
  • Pointed scissors 5” & 7”
  •  No. 2 Pencils
  • Black, blue and red pens
  • Water colors
  • Single subject notebooks (all colors)
  •  Sketchbooks
  •  Dry erase markers
  • Loose leaf paper
  • and more
Sponsor One Student

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Principal Level Supporters

for meeting the challenge with a gift of $501 – $1,500

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and present support.

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Donate today and get recognition you deserve as countless visitors browse this site. Our Team is counting on your support to be sure no child is unprepared. Please help to make this possible with a tax-deductible contribution. Your donation helps to make our community better. Right here. Right now.

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Family Resource Center

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Contact us for information on creative fundraising Ideas.
Just let us know the type of event you’d like to host.

⇒ Host a Supply Drive  
⇓ Download Promotional Tools (pdfs of posters, hand-outs)
⇒ Press Releases (current and past in reverse chronological order)

We Have Fundraising Ideas!

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Experience the Joy of Working With Others to Help Our Community and it’s Youth!

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With A Donation!





We Have Fundraising Ideas!

Contact us for information on
creative fundraising Ideas.
Just let us know the type of
event you’d like to host.

⇒ Host a Supply Drive  
⇒ Download Promotional Tools
(pdfs of posters, hand-outs)
⇒ Press Releases (current and past
in reverse chronological order)

Contact Us!

Experience the Joy of Working With Others to Help Your Community Youth!

If you have questions about our program and it's Mission, please email us at BTSteam@backtoschoolfdl.org

Back to School FDL, a community-wide collaboration, helps many children in the Fond du Lac area begin school each year with the supplies they need. Over the past several years, an average of 1200 kids per year have benefited from this community effort, an effort that takes many, many helping hands.

Consider joining our Back to School team this year. We are looking for new volunteers who can give several hours of time during the months from May through August to ensure that shopping day, Saturday August 20 at the YMCA/Boys and Girls Club, is an unqualified success. We need help raising funds, securing school supplies, distributing flyers and posters, and working in a variety of areas on shopping day.

An organizational meeting is held each year in mid-April in the YMCA/Boys and Girls Club Multi-Purpose room to find out how you can help. To repeat, we still need many hands.

Back to School FDL is a program that works. Join us as we help children from the area start school next September with the supplies they need. Help us help kids begin school with confidence; help us help make a difference in a child’s life.

Registration Table:

SERVICERegistration volunteers assist families with registering their child for Back to School Fond du Lac.  Volunteers verify names and distribute and explain information packets.
EXPECT TO BE:  Mostly sitting

Registration Greeter:

SERVICES: Greets parents and students and asks them to have ID and receipt ready.
EXPECT TO BE:  Mostly standing.

Registration Check-in:

SERVICE: Checks and highlights families off the master list and gives them a number.
EXPECT TO BE:  Mostly standing.

Registration Application Runner:

SERVICE:  Brings applications to registration tables.
EXPECT TO BE: Walking and standing.

Registration Mover:

SERVICE: Calls out numbers and escorts families to registration area.
EXPECT TO BE:  Walking and standing.

Supply Table:

SERVICE:  Volunteers  manage their assigned supplies and restock the table when their supplies run low. At the end of the day volunteers  assist with packing up extra supplies.
EXPECT TO BE: Sitting and Standing.

Restaurant Host-Server:

SERVICES: Join in the fun at local restaurants!  Greet individuals who enter the restaurants deliver food to tables to help raise funds for BTS FDL.  Dates to be determined.

Sorting Supplies Volunteers:

SERVICEAs supplies are donated, they are stored at the Boys and Girls Club.  It is now time to organize!  You will be sorting and counting school supplies.  Dates to be determined.

Greeter:

SERVICE:  Greeters will direct people around the building.  A positive attitude is a must in this position!
EXPECT TO BE:  Mostly walking and standing

HS Backpack Distributor:

SERVICE: Our high school students need supplies too!  HS Backpack Distributors will handout pre-packed bags to the high school students.

Personal Shopper:

SERVICE: Volunteers  assist families with “shopping” for school supplies.  They  guide each family through Back to School FDL and ensure that all needed supplies are obtained.
EXPECT TO BE:  Mostly walking

Break Room Monitor:

SERVICES: Break room monitors make sure the snacks are out and  coolers are full in the volunteer break room.  Afternoon monitors  also assist with clean up at the end of the day.
EXPECT TO BE: Sitting and Walking.

Fill the Bus:

SERVICE: Fill the Bus volunteers  stand at the entrance of local stores and hand out flyers.  Volunteers may also collect the supplies and possibly transport the supplies to the Boys and Girls Club.
EXPECT TO BE: You will be outside!  We recommend bringing water, a chair, and anything else you feel will make you comfortable (umbrella for shade?).  This takes place in July and early August.

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