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Your engagement and commitment will ensure that we are able to distribute free backpacks full of school supplies to students across Rhode Island in 2023.

Board of directors

Grace GonzalezPresident
Doris De Los SantosVice President
Emily GartheeSecretary
Deborah MillerMember at Large
Ida ValentinMember at Large
Leah McMember at Large

Junuary 20, 2023

The Back to School of RI is gearing towards its 24th Annual backpacks and school supplies distribution scheduled for Saturday, August 26 from 10:00-1:00pm. We are reaching out to your kindness and generosity, to continue this work and help make this year’s distribution a success. Our 2023 sponsorship form is attached.

Now more than ever, families need our help in making sure that children have the appropriate school supplies, resources and information at the start of the school year. For 24 years
the Back to School Celebration has worked diligently to keep the momentum growing and in the last 10 years alone, we have distributed 175,000 backpacks filled with school supplies throughout our urban communities,
providing support to our most needed families and students.

Our program, which started with the distribution of only 600 bags and few school supplies at a single site, has now expanded to twelve community sites with a distribution of 16,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and the access to on-site community partners and organizations who provide critical information to ensure students and families receive critical information and support to kick the school year ready for success.

Your engagement and commitment will ensure that we are able to distribute free backpacks full of school supplies to students across Rhode Island in 2023. 

If you have any questions, please contact Grace Gonzalez at (401) 699-6167 or Doris De Los Santos at (401) 413-5775 or via email at back2schoolri@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you!


Grace GonzalezPresidentback2schoolri@btsri.org
Doris GonzalezVice Presidentback2schoolri@btsri.org

Community Partners

American Cancer Society
Children’s Friend
Central Falls School Department
Cumberland School Department
East Bay Community Action Program
Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America
Neighborhood Health Plan of RI
Providence Health Communities Office
Providence Community Health Centers
Providence Public School Department
Providence Community Library
Ready to Learn Providence
State of RI Health Department
Sodexo School Services
St James Baptist Church
United Way of RI
URI-SNAP Program
Thundermist Health Center W. Warwick
West End Community Center
West Warwick School Department
Woonsocket School Department

Board of Directors

Grace Gonzalez (President)
Doris De Los Santos (Vice President)
Emily Garthee (Secretary) 
Deborah Miller (Member at Large)
Ida Valentin (Member at Large)

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