Free school supplies, backpacks, haircuts and health screenings in the Champaign-Urbana area

Free school supplies, backpacks, haircuts and health screenings in the Champaign-Urbana area

Back to school can be expensive – area organizations and businesses are here to help families with some school year needs

The list gets longer every year. Back-to-school haircuts, growing lists of school supplies, school registration fees, new shoes and so much more…this can be one of the most expensive times of the year to be a parent. Thankfully we have area partners who are coming together to support Champaign-Urbana area families during the back-to-school season.

Do you need school supplies? Many area organizations and churches hold drives for backpacks and supplies (sometimes distributed together, sometimes separately). Sometimes these are given out directly to the school, so if you’re having trouble finding an event to sign up for, you can contact your child’s school directly and see if they have any donations on offer for this school year .

Note: Chambanamoms.com is not a sponsor of the events listed below. All events have limited supplies or appointments available; please check with the organization or plan to get to these events early. We are not responsible for last minute changes or updates to the back to school events and activities listed in this post.

Events offering free school supplies, backpacks, haircuts or health screenings this year

Back to School BBQ

When: 08/06/2022, 16:00 – 20:00
Where: Prairie Fields Park, 200 Prairie Rose Lane, Savoy
Details: The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a school BBQ on August 6th from 4-8pm at Prairie Fields Park in Savoy. There will be free food, entertainment and school gifts.

Back to school gift for unit 4 students

When: 08/09/2022, 11:00 – 13:00
Where: Marketplace Mall, 2000 N. Neil Street, Champaign
Details: Head to Market Place Mall on August 9th for a back-to-school gift! Free school supplies for registered Unit 4 students, first come, first served. Market Place Mall August 9, 2022 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM For more information, call 217-351-3701.

Back to school gift for unit 4 students

When: 08/09/2022, 16:00 – 19:00
Where: Marketplace Mall, 2000 N. Neil Street, Champaign
Details: Head to Market Place Mall on August 9th for a back-to-school gift! Free school supplies for registered Unit 4 students, first come, first served. Market Place Mall August 9, 2022 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM For more information, call 217-351-3701.

Back to Bash School

When: 13.08.2022, 11:00 – 13:00
Where: AMBUCS Park, 1100 block of East University Avenue, Urbana
Details: The community is invited to a Back to School Bash, complete with a school supply giveaway. Enjoy a free hot dog, fries, popcorn, slush and drink. There will also be inflatables, carnival games and face painting. Firetruck Fun – come see a fire truck up close and get behind the wheel for extra fun.

Make my neighbor’s day

When: 13.08.2022, 11:00 – 17:00
Where: Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., Champaign
Details: Daniel Tiger would love to meet your family! Come to the Illinois Public Media Big Tent at Champaign-Urbana Days in Douglass Park on August 13th for the “Be My Neighbor” school event between 11am and 5pm! Illinois Public Media staff and partners at Head Start will be donating free dental hygiene kits and socks for children, and there will be kid-friendly activities to take home. Daniel Tiger will be available at certain times for photos with your child. And everyone can practice being a caring neighbor by making a card for a senior citizen, nurse or teacher. Illinois Public…read more…

Where to donate

Looking for places to donate school supplies?

Creations of Winderson, Mahomet: Bring new or gently used backpacks, new school supplies, and new underwear/socks to Winderson’s (inside Sangamon on Main) to donate to Mom’s Pantry to distribute to schools this year. Donate by August 5th.

Will there be a free event or giveaway this summer to prepare for back to school?

We want to know about it! Submit your event here with details.

Check out our Back to School series, presented by The Christie Clinic:

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