Each year, the YMCA of Central Kentucky, in partnership with Fayette County Public Schools, sponsors and community partners, hosts the annual neighborhood Back to School Rallies.

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August 5, 2023
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

The rallies provide elementary, middle and high school students with free full-size backpacks and school supplies. Each site distributes supplies for all grade levels. The Back to School Rallies is an initiative of the Y, which has served as the central coordinator of this event since 2011. Since that time, more than 52,000 backpacks have been given out to children in Central Kentucky communities.

Registration will be in-person, the day of the event
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Registration and sign-up
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Music, games, food, and more
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Backpack distribution

If you are interested in directly supporting this community initiative with a financial donation, please make an online donation. It only costs $15 to supply a single child with a backpack and supplies. Additionally, there are opportunities to volunteer during the week before the event, as well on August 5 at the sites. 

Spanish Back to School Rally form 2023


Church of Nazarene
1605 Jennifer Road
Lexington, KY 40505

Coventry Oak Elementary
2441 Huntly Place
Lexington, KY 40511

Douglas Park
726 Georgetown Street
Lexington, KY 40508

Centre Parkway PAL
1317 Centre Parkway
Lexington, KY 40517

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
2185 Garden Springs Drive
Lexington, KY 40504

Radcliffe – Marlboro Park
1870 Benton Road
Lexington, KY 40505

Russell Cave Church of Christ
1841 McCullough Drive
Lexington, KY 40511

Shiloh Baptist Church
237 E. Fifth Street
Lexington, KY 40508

Total Grace Baptist Church
1313 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40505

Valley Park
2077 Cambridge Drive
Lexington, KY 40504

3475 Blazer Parkway
Lexington, KY 40509

Caroline Memorial YMCA Program Center, NICHOLASVILLE
220 E Maple Street
Nicholasville, KY 40356

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