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In late 2017, Let it Be Us was selected as the partner organization of the IASC State Service Project through the end of the 2022 school year. Let it Be Us is an Illinois based 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of helping foster children find adoptive families. When children enter the foster care system, they often end up attending a new school and may not have all the supplies they need to fit into their new school, or succeed academically. The IASC is partnering with Let it Be Us to assemble "Back to School Supply Bags", which will contain needed school supplies that can be given to foster children as they enter a new school environment.

Get Involved

Assemble Back to School Supply Bags - Collect school supplies and place them in a backpack to donate to local foster care locations in your area. Each backpack must contain the following items:

  • 1 - Backpack (gender neutral color; no shoulder/messenger bags)
  • 3 - Composition Notebooks (no spiral notebooks)
  • 1 - Large Pencil Bag (fits pencils, erasers, pens, art supplies
  • 1 - 2 Pack of Erasers
  • 12 - #2 Pencils (no mechanical pencils)
  • 1 - Package Loose Leaf Paper
  • 3 - Black, Red, and Blue Pens
  • 1 - Package of 12 Colored Pencils
  • 4 - Plastic Folders (no paper folders)
  • 1 - Basic Function Calculator
  • 1 - Package of Notecards
  • 1 - Package of Highlighters
  • 1 - 2 Inch Binder

Monetary Donations - Monetary donations to cover the cost of supplies in a back to school bag. Each bag is estimated to cost $80, and your donation helps to provide these needed bags for students without needing to physically buy and assemble the bags.

More Information

  • To receive credit for making supply bags or providing a monetary donation, schools are asked to complete a validation form. The completed form should be returned to the IASC President by April 15 of each year. This information is used to measure the participation and success of the service project, and is also used in the scoring for the Number One District award at the State Convention.
  • A printable list of all supplies to include in each bag is available here.
  • A list of local donation facilities is available here.
  • Before donating a backpack, print out a bag tag and include it in each bag. The bag tag is available here.
  • The IASC President is responsible for the organization, communication, and execution of the State Service Project. For questions or more information, please contact president@illinoisstuco.org.