There will be many activities on hand for children including music, games, food, educational opportunities and giveaways.
 
This event assists children who are financially challenged by giving them much needed school supplies to help start the school year with a positive outlook for learning. Many local organizations and businesses have come together each year to donate materials for the event.

This year’s sponsors include: SwedishAmerican Health System, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Beef-A-Roo, Hamilton Sundstrand, Woodward Governor, US Bank, PNC Bank, La Voz Latina, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rockford Area Mexican Business Association, Daimler Chrysler, Anderson Packaging, Mrs. Fisher’s Potato Chips, Cadbury Adams, Sam’s Club, Applebee’s, Boys and Girls Clubs of Rockford, Rockford Housing Authority, Illinois Department of Public Health, Winnebago County Health Department, Rockford Public School District 205, Youth Alcohol Abuse Prevention Coalition members, and the U.S. Department of Education grant to reduce alcohol abuse. A special thanks to Old Chicago for providing staff for the event, and to Pepsi for providing beverages.

 
For more information regarding the 11th Annual Back to School Rally, contact Oliver Reed, Winnebago County Health Department’s Violence Prevention Coordinator at 815-720-4273, or the Violence Prevention Office Coordinator,
Irma Chacon at 815-720-4250.

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