Portland, September 3rd, 2013. Backpacks filled with school supplies were delivered to nearly 13,000 children across the Portland area. Hundreds of Schoolhouse Supplies sponsors and community partners volunteered to pack the bags at the annual “Pack-a-Palooza.” (Photo credit, Andie Petkus.)

Today was the sixth annual "March to Beach" with Knowledge Universe. Ted Wheeler and a fire truck from Portland Fire & Rescue joined in the fun!

One giveaway event for donated school supplies was the sixth annual “March to Beach” with Knowledge Universe. Ted Wheeler and a fire truck from Portland Fire & Rescue joined in the celebration.

The Schoolhouse Supplies Tools for Schools program provides backpacks full of supplies to 25 area schools where 65% or more of the student population live at or below the poverty line. The program pairs community business sponsors with each school. The businesses also have the honor of handing out their donations to happy kids.

The second part of the sponsorship is the backpack giveaway portion of Tools for Schools. On the first week of school the business partners/sponsors and volunteers from their organization go to the schools they are supporting and hand out the backpacks.

Part of the fun includes the summer Pack-a-Palooza where sponsors compete against other sponsors to see who can pack the fastest.

Team Chase and Ideba Marketing learn that they have tied for 1st place at 1.86 seconds per backpack

This year, the fastest time was 1.89 seconds per backpack. It was a tie between two groups: Chase & Ideba Marketing and Comcast.

Executive Director, Jen Barth thanking the teams for their hard work

Executive Director, Jen Barth (center) thanked the teams for their hard work and helping kids start school on the right foot.

From Schoolhouse Supplies:

We were founded in 1999 as a way to support students and teachers throughout Portland Public Schools. We operate Oregon’s first and only volunteer-run Free Store to provide teachers with the classroom supplies needed to encourage the learning process for all students. Today, we are a nationally recognized leader in the Free Store movement, which creates direct links between students and members of the community.