State Farm® Celebrates the Start of the New School Year by Providing Backpacks Filled with School Supplies

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State Farm® Celebrates the Start of the New School Year by Providing Backpacks Filled with School Supplies

State Farm Bank® CEO Mike Smith and State Farm employees spend the afternoon filling backpacks with school supplies for students.

State Farm Bank® CEO Mike Smith and State Farm employees spend the afternoon filling backpacks with school supplies for students.

It’s no secret that starting a new school year is expensive for many families. When it comes to low and moderate income families, the cost of school supplies brings additional financial stress. With State Farm’s commitment to education, State Farm employees collected the necessary school supplies and back packs for 430 students in their Corporate headquarters community to ease some of this stress.

Over a two-week period, items were collected at State Farm. On August 4, a group of State Farm employees filled the donated backpacks with requested school supplies by grade level. State Farm Bank CEO Mike Smith and his leadership staff joined in this year’s event.

State Farm employees fill backpacks with supplies to help ease the financial strain for families with children going back to school.

State Farm employees fill backpacks with supplies to help ease the financial strain for families with children going back to school.

These filled backpacks and additional school supplies were provided to the Back to School Alliance group to distribute at their 14th annual Resource Fair event held at the U.S. Coliseum in downtown Bloomington, IL, which distributed nearly 3,000 backpacks to local elementary, middle, and high school students. Families lined outside the Coliseum in a long queue.

Students and their families receive nearly 3,000 backpacks during the 14th annual Resource Fair event held at the U.S. Coliseum in downtown Bloomington, Illinois.

Students and their families receive nearly 3,000 backpacks during the 14th annual Resource Fair event held at the U.S. Coliseum in downtown Bloomington, Illinois.

State Farm Bank was one of the lead sponsors of this Resource Fair, which readies the local community for the new school year. The local newspaper, the Pantagraph, captured the event with images. The article featured a mother, Shelia Brown who shared, “With my hours being cut at work and a lot of community programs hurting, we needed some extra help this year,” she said. “It’s a great thing for people on a fixed income or no income. A lot of people don’t come for fun. They come because they need it.” Her twin sons, Denzel and Dennis start second-grade this year – this was their first year coming to the event (Beigh, Derek. “Community care: Back 2 School Party bigger than ever.” Pantagraph 12 Aug. 2015).

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