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Posted on: July 11, 2018

Backpack Give Back - Aug 4, 2018

Triton College

Triton and West 40 to Host FREE Backpack Giveback Resource Fair – Aug. 4

The new initiative will benefit students attending schools in West Suburban Cook County


River Grove, Ill. - Students from throughout West Suburban Cook County will start the school year off on the right track – thanks to a new initiative between Triton College and West 40 Intermediate Service Center #2.

Families are invited to attend the first-ever Backpack Giveback Resource Fair at Triton College on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, from 10 a.m. – noon. The event will be held on the outdoor mounds located on the west side of Triton’s campus, 2000 5th Ave., River Grove. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Student Center Cafeteria (B Building).

At the fair, students can receive a backpack filled with school supplies, free of charge. Backpacks and supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Community based organizations from throughout the area will be on hand at the event to provide additional resources and information to families at the event.

Organizations scheduled to participate in the event include: 

  • Access to Care
  • Infant Welfare Society: Children’s Clinic
  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
  • Housing Forward
  • PASO
  • Pillars Community Health
  • The Resurrection Project
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County

We Need Your Help!

To help Triton and West 40 ISC serve as many families as possible, we are currently collecting backpacks and school supplies at collection boxes located throughout Triton College’s campus. Donation boxes are also set up at businesses and organizations throughout our communities including Menards stores in Melrose Park, Cicero and Hodgkins.

For more information on the first-ever Backpack Giveback Resource Fair, visit


Triton College is a two-year community college dedicated to helping members of the 25 communities in Western Cook County within our district and beyond achieve educational, professional and personal success. Located in River Grove, Ill., Triton offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs at its 100-acre campus that features a comfortable, friendly and diverse atmosphere. Triton also holds classes at several satellite locations as well as offers online learning opportunities. Our dedicated faculty and staff work to provide high quality, convenient and affordable education opportunities to more than 12,000 students each year. Triton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; member, North Central Association. Learn more at

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