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 25 years, Congregations for Kids (C4K) has filled over 29,150 district requests, tailoring backpacks and school supplies for students from all grade levels.


Who is helped?

  • Bellevue School District students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program
  • 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 2019 17% of district students, 3442, qualified for free/reduced price lunch.   
  • In 2020, the number of students helped by C4K in 27 schools ranged from 3 to 250.
  • In 2020, over 100 students were helped by C4K in each of 9 schools.