In conjunction with the Michigan City Back To School Rally, organizers are encouraging businesses, churches, and other organizations to donate supplies that will be provided directly to schools this year.
Supplies especially needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic include pencil boxes, water bottles, cloth face masks, facial tissues, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, quart.

The annual “Citywide Back to School Rally” will take place in Michigan City, August 8th, however it will look quite a bit different than in past years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizing sponsors have moved the annual event to Michigan City High School, where it will be a “drive-through” opportunity for families to pick up backpacks filled with school supplies along with information from community agencies. The festival aspects of the event (food, activities, vendor booths) will not take place this year.

The Rally backpack distribution will be held on Saturday, August 8 from 10:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Michigan City High School, 8466 W. Pahs Road.

“With over 2,000 students and family members expected, we knew we could not hold and gallon size Ziploc bags, earbuds, and headphones. Suggested donations also include more traditional supplies: pencils, black pens, spiral notebooks and 3-hole notebook paper (especially college rule), markers (washable), crayons, dry erase markers, glue sticks, erasers, 2-pocket folders, rulers, highlighters, composition books, and calculators.”

Supply donations may be dropped off at the Michigan City Area Schools Administration Building (408 S. Carroll Avenue) on Thursday, August 6 (9:00 a.m. – Noon). Enter behind the building, by the dumpsters/loading area off of Barker Avenue.

For information about the Rally, including sponsorship opportunities, visit

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