Chicago students celebrate Back to School with party, supplies

Chicago students celebrate Back to School with party, supplies
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The days of goofy fun with friends are nearly over, much to the dismay of kids all across the area.

But for a group of Chicago YMCA students, they won’t be going back to class empty handed thanks to the Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation.

More than 75,000 school supplies were donated today to 20,000 Chicago-area students.

500 of those students were on hand at the Broadway Park Armory for a Back To School distribution and celebration.   The event was complete with arts and crafts, bounce houses, fitness and of course, lots of crayons, glue, rulers and paper.

While this is only the second year for the big bash, the back to school program has grown substantially every year.

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Champagne, wine, spa gift cards, donations to a favorite charity. All lovely retirement presents or tokens for a milestone anniversary, right? Well, yes. And, these days, they’re also sometimes children’s party gifts — for parents, that is.

“A lot of parents are asking guests not to bring toys. They’ll make a joke: ‘Our house is cluttered with stuff already.’ Instead, guests will show up with a gift for the parents: ‘Congratulations, you kept your child alive another year,’” says Boston-based event planner Dustin Rennells, who books tot and adult parties up to a year in advance. He often works with New England Patriots players and has thrown events at the New England Aquarium and jeweler Shreve, Crump & Low.

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Rennells has seen everything, from an infant’s birthday party with a $ 50,000 budget to a pink-themed tot soiree that boasted $ 5,000 satin chair covers.

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