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CPS asking for help filling children’s backpacks with supplies

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Updated: August 31, 2012 6:17AM

Chicagoans have another chance this year to make sure city students have the pencils, notebooks and folders they’ll need when classes begin.

The Chicago Public Schools is renewing its partnership with the daily deal website Groupon, where people can purchase back-to-school supply kits for needy students for $11 each starting Monday.

The kits are filled with name-brand supplies including crayons, markers, rulers and erasers. And an $18 donation will also send a backpack to a child in need. Groupon is offering the deal on its website at

The “Kitz for Kids” campaign lasts until Aug. 7. Groupon said the kits are filled with enough supplies to last a student the whole year.

“We need everyone’s help in making sure all CPS students are prepared with the tools they need to succeed in school on day one,” said Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard.

All of the proceeds go to school supplies, according to CPS. The school system and its partner organizations will hand out the kits to students and families at neighborhood festivals and back-to-school events. Last year, the program landed $15,000 in contributions, according to CPS, sending 1,200 kits to students getting ready for the start of school.

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