The Catch the Stars Foundation was founded in 2004 by Tamika Catchings and her sister, Tauja Catchings, who serves as the Director of Operations. The Foundation coordinates multiple programs to support local youth “with a specific emphasis on supporting and assisting under-served and low to moderate income communities throughout the city,” according to their website.
One of their efforts, the Back to School Celebration, is a community event to motivate students and get them excited for the school year. This event will be held on Sunday, July 23, at the Washington Park Family Center. One thousand pre-registered students (grades K-12) will receive a free backpack stuffed with school supplies. The celebration is open to the community, there will be free food, entertainment, prizes and bounce houses!
In preparation for the event, volunteers filled backpacks for boys and girls with essential school supplies such as crayons, glue sticks, pencils, notebooks, and more. With our friends from Milliner & Associates, Nicole Bieker and Hattie Hynes, our group stuffed 600 backpacks for boys and girls (K-5)!
Thank you to the Catch the Stars Foundation for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful program. We wish the best of luck to students going back to school!