Donate school supplies or sponsor a backpack for a local child in need through Cradles to Crayons at one of our Education Expos in September where you’ll meet the area’s best preschools, Pre-K – 12 independent schools, and educational enrichment programs and win some great prizes for supporting your community!

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Across the Greater Philadelphia region, school kids are getting ready to lace up their shoes and slip on their backpacks for the first day of school. This year Cradles to Crayons is celebrating the success of their 2013 Ready for School Campaign — the drive that offers at-risk children a strong start to the school year with a backpack full of new school supplies, a start that cannot be taken for granted by the one in five children in our community living in poverty conditions.

Thanks to the generosity of many in our community, Cradles to Crayons reached their goal of providing 22,000 backpacks to local children in need  a 10 percent increase over 2012 and more than double the number of backpacks provided three short years ago. Sadly, though, it is still not enough. Even with the first day of school upon us, they are still getting requests – a significant number of requests – for kids who don’t have backpacks. Yesterday alone, they received a request for another 190 backpacks for children preparing to start school, which they could not fill. And there’s been a continuing flow of orders from their human service agency partners for additional backpacks.

Main Line Parent and Philadelphia Family are proud to support Cradles to Crayons as our featured charity for two education expos, in Center City at Nest on September 15th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and on the Main Line at Waynesborough Country Club on September 22nd from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. You may have heard that we have some great raffle prizes lined up, (including an iPad Mini, a Family Membership to Nest, Family Membership to the Franklin Institute, a Booster Seat and Bear from The Baldwin School, a Round of Golf at the Waynesborough Country Club and MORE!!) and we have an impressive list of preschools, schools and educational enrichment programs for you to meet in Philly and in the ‘burbs. These two events are FREE for families to attend, but to have access to our top prizes we will ask families for a donation of school supplies or $15 to sponsor a backpack filled with new school supplies for a local child in need. You can also make a donation directly through their website right now! Whatever you do will be significant, because it will help get a young child ready for school. Cradles to Crayons will be on site at both of our Education Expos to answer your questions about their Ready for School Campaign and future opportunities to inspire your children with giving back.

Click on either of the images below to register today for the Education Expos. Families must pre-register and attend to receive a gift bag and to be eligible to win prizes.

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Please consider donating:

• New backpacks
• New school supplies
• Notebooks or composition books
• Pencil sharpeners
• Crayons (24 pack)
• Colored pencils (12 pack)
• Pencil cases
• Pencils
• Blue or black pens
• Pocket folders
• Glue sticks
• Rulers
• Erasers
• Scissors

You can also provide a fully stuffed backpack by donating:

• 1 Pencil Case
• 3 Blue or Black Pens
• 3 Pencils
• 1 Pencil Sharpener
• 2 Pocket Folders
• 1 Glue Sticks
• 1 Ruler
• 1 Eraser
• 1 Colored Pencils (12 pack)
• 3 Notebooks