2019 Pack the Backpack Challenge


pack the backpack

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”
~Benjamin Franklin

One in five teachers are spending their own money on classroom supplies.  On average, most spent nearly $500 last year, and one in 10 spent $1,000 or more. All told, a total of $1.6 billion in school supply costs is shifted from parents — or, increasingly, from cash-strapped districts — onto teachers themselves.

Without the help from those generous teachers many children would simply go without.  With over 50% of Kentucky’s school children living at or below poverty levels, YOU can help!

Imagine the challenge that our teachers face. They desire to educate the minds of their students, but often struggle with not having the basic necessities due to budget cuts. Seeing the conditions their students live in written all over their little faces.  At CrossFit Ignis, we want to change that… one backpack at a time.

In 2015, we initiated the “Pack the Backpack” Challenge after over hearing a member, and teacher, talk about how much she had spent on supplies for her elementary level students.   Amazingly, over 50 backpacks were donated that year, in 2016 we gave 65 and 2017 was off the hook with 103 backpacks stuffed to the brim, 2018 saw 76 packs donated! In 2018 we also added the Bethany House Abuse Shelter to our recipient list of these back packs!!  That is a massive impact in the eyes of the children and families who received them, and don’t forget those teachers!

So let’s do it again in 2019.  Are you up for the challenge?!?

We challenge each of you to “Pack the Backpack” for this back-to-school season. By simply filling up a backpack with needed supplies YOU can make a difference and it’s fairly inexpensive to do so. To encourage you even further, we have a very sweet prize planned for one lucky winner. Here’s how it will work:

–      Pick up a school supply list and tag at CrossFit Ignis starting on July 9, 2019 or print off a copy of the image below.

–      Purchase a backpack (or re-purpose a gently used one) and fill with items from the list below.

–      Using the provided bag tag, denote which grade your supplies are for and attach to your backpack.  (You have the option of grades K through 3rd – so feel free to select one or more!)

–      Turn your full backpack(s) in at CrossFit Ignis no later than August 7, 2019.

–      For each full backpack you donate you will be entered into a drawing for $100 CASH MONEY!!

 A few guidelines to keep in mind:

– Please stick to items listed on the supply list

– Gender-neutral backpacks and items are preferred for ease of distribution.

– No wheels on the backpacks, please.

Not a member of CrossFit Ignis? Not a problem! This challenge is for ANYONE and EVERYONE in our community who wants to give back, and who wouldn’t mind a shot at that sweet prize. Our supply list and bag tags are shown below.  If you would prefer an electronic copy, please send an email to the address below and we’ll get them to you right away!

To our members, be sure to share this challenge with your friends! Let’s blow the teachers & kids away with your generosity! We can’t wait to see the impact YOU will make on our community this year!

Send questions to Coach Kelli at kmjohnson@crossfitignis.com.


Bag Tag 2019

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