Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do we get backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies?

The parade procession will not occur this year, but we are still distributing school supplies at Bartholomew Park.  In the past years, we’ve discovered that the greater need between the celebration and the school supplies is the school supplies.  Thus, we will be distributing school supplies on a first come first served basis.  Children MUST be present since we give the school supplies to the children.  At this time, we distribute school supplies to K-12 grade students.

Date: August 23, 2015
Time: 1p
Location:  Bartholomew Park (baseball field side)
5201 Berkman Drive
Austin, TX  78723

We will gather information from the parents for the purposes of simply better understanding the demographics of the families served.  Additionally, this gathering of information helps us to inform you of our events.  This information is not a determining factor for receiving a backpack.  The only criteria to receive a backpack is stated above.

2. Is this parade for Austin Independent School District only?

No. The parade is open to all school districts in the Austin metropolitan area, such as Pflugerville ISD, Round Rock ISD, Manor ISD, etc.  Almost any organization can participate in the parade since the return of school effects everyone, such as churches, softball teams, Pathfinders, Adventurers, fraternities, sororities, Boy Scout Troops, Girls Scout troops, etc.

3.  How much does it cost to participate?

FREE—School Groups (bands, cheerleaders, chess club, FBLA, etc.)
$100 – Adult Social Club (softball teams, kickball teams, biker clubs, etc.)
$400 – Community Organization (charity organizations, churches)
$600 – Small Business (less than 40 employees)
$3000 -  Medium Business (41—100 employees)
$5000 – Large Business (101 + employees)
$10,000 -  Title Sponsor ($10,000 -  maximum of 2 or 1 for $20,000)

In-kind Sponsorships are acceptable as well.  For example, a company can host a school supply drive for the 3rd grade and raise 100 backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies (a value of $1500).  Depending on the size of the company, that company may just sponsored the 3rd grade and has the privilege of being in the parade and has the first right to distribute the backpacks to the 3rd grade at the end of the parade.  Equally, sponsorship of advertisement through radio, newspaper, TV, etc., for example, will equally qualify a business to participate in the parade.  We really want people and companies to participate in the parade itself as well as the festivities.

More details in the Back To School Parade Proposal.


4.  How can a vendor/sponsor/partner register?

Your fee is stated online or above in question 3.  Please visit the registration page and enter your information or you can send an e-mail message to info@backtoschoolparade.org

5.  Can I volunteer to help?

Please e-mail info@backtoschoolparade.org.  We can use parade organizers, beginning and ending cleanup and setup crew, school supply packagers, school supply distributors, public relations, etc.

6.  Where can I drop off the school supplies or make a financial contribution?

KT’s Deli
300 W. 15th St.
Austin, TX  78701

Capital One Bank (14 Branches of Austin Area)
You can also make a direct deposit into the Back To School Parade account to Sponsor A Child for $15 per backpack (1 for $15, 2 for $30, 5 for $75, 10 for $150, 100 for $1500, etc.)

Capital One Bank
Austin Locations

1801 East 51st Street, Bldg B
Austin , TX 78723
Phone: (512) 593-4506
 El Salido
11720 FM 620 North
Austin , TX 78750
Phone: (512) 342-6500
A W Grimes
901 Louis Henna Blvd.
Round Rock , TX 78664
Phone: (512) 314-8900
West Bee Cave [Bee Cave and 360]
6317 Bee Caves Road
Austin , TX 78746
Phone: (512) 342-4800
Braker & Stonelake
4200 West Braker Lane
Austin , TX 78759
Phone: (512) 314-8850
Cedar Breaks
4409 Willams Dr.
Georgetown , TX 78628
Phone: (512) 868-1576
 Cedar Park
875 W. Whitestone Blvd.
Cedar Park , TX 78613
Phone: (512) 342-6700
El Salido
11720 FM 620 North
Austin , TX 78750
Phone: (512) 342-6500
Mopac-Austin DU
7200 N Mopac
Austin , TX 78731
Phone: (512) 342-6000
 North Lamar
9602 North Lamar Blvd
Austin , TX 78753
Phone: (512) 342-4650
 Slaughter [Southpark Meadows]
301 W. Slaughter Lane, Bldg. A
Austin , TX 78748
Phone: (512) 342-4900
 Tech Ridge [Tech Ridge and Parmer]
221 E. Parmer Lane
Austin , TX 78753
Phone: (512) 342-6600
Austin, TX 78753
William Cannon [Arbor Trails]
4301 W William Cannon Dr
Austin , TX 78749
Phone: (512) 342-6100
2301 East Riverside Drive
Austin , TX 78741
Phone: (512) 342-4600
Wolf Ranch
1011 W University Ave
Georgetown , TX 78628
Phone: (512) 868-5804
Littlefield Branch
106 E. 6th Street
Austin , TX 78701
Phone: (512) 314-8950




7.  Is this organization a 501(c)3?

The Back To School Parade is a program of the Austin Alpha Foundation, which is an incubator for non-profits.  The Austin Alpha Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.

8.  Where can I park for the parade?

Bartholomew Park (5201 Berkman)