Congregations For Kids
Who and How Do We Help?

Congregations for Kids is the only organization that partners with the Bellevue School District to provide backpacks and school supplies for the District's students.  In the first 22 years, Congregations for Kids has filled over 24,250 district requests, tailoring backpacks and school supplies for specific students from all grade levels.

 

Who is helped?

  • Bellevue School District students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program
  • Of those who qualify, students who would benefit the most are identified by district counselors, principals, teachers, school nurses and Family Connections Centers staff
  • Numbers, gender, school and grade level of those students are provided to us, never their names

 

How we help

  • Student lists are finalized by the district before the end of the school year, with some additional students added during the summer
  • Backpacks and school supplies are tailored to each kindergarten through high school student during our Good Start Back to School project in August
  • Students in grades K, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 9th and 11th receive new backpacks and supplies.  All other students receive new supplies.
  • Students receive their backpacks/school supplies before school starts.
  • Extra backpacks are also packed for qualifying students entering later in the school year

 

The need is great

  • In October 2017 17.7% of district students, 3579, qualified for free and reduced price lunch programs.  
  • In five district schools 40% or more of the students qualified.
  • Individual schools ranged from 1% to 54%.