United Way’s Cass County School Supply Spectacular gets kids school-ready with full backpacks and “golden tickets”

United Way of Southwest Michigan is proud to partner with area businesses and organizations in Cass County to present School Supply Spectacular. This annual event provides free backpacks with age-appropriate school supplies to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. 


Five of the backpacks will contain a “golden ticket.” The lucky children who receive a golden ticket in their backpack will win a $75 gift card for back-to-school clothing, a free haircut, a fun dental-care kit, and two big boxes of after-school snacks. 

Backpacks will be available on two distribution dates and are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Children must be present to receive a backpack and must be accompanied by an adult on the following days:


Saturday, August 17, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Brookside Learning Center (61662 Dailey Rd, Cassopolis)


Wednesday, August 21, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Marcellus United Methodist Church (197 West Main St, Marcellus)


The Feeding America of West Michigan Mobile Food Pantry will be on site at Brookside on Saturday to provide boxes of food to families while supplies last. This years’ mobile food pantry is sponsored by Kinexus.


Volunteer opportunities are available:

  • Tuesday, August 13 at 9 a.m.

  • Friday, August 16 at 9 a.m.

  • Saturday, August 17 at 9 a.m.

  • Wednesday, August 21 at 9 a.m.


For more information or to volunteer, visit uwsm.org/school-supply-spectacular.


United Way of Southwest Michigan wants to extend its deep thanks to the event’s major sponsors St. Denys Foundation, The McLoughlin Family Foundation, The Pokagon Fund, 100+ Women Who Care, and Michigan Gateway Community Foundation; as well as other sponsors Chemical Bank, Lyons Industries, Wolverine Mutual Insurance Co.,1st Source Bank, Edward Lowe Foundation, and Kinexus.



United Way of Southwest Michigan fights for the Health, Education, and Financial Stability of every person in every community. We have the influence and relationships to make sustainable change a reality. By harnessing resources from corporate, nonprofit, and public partners, we provide immediate assistance to our most vulnerable populations while addressing the root causes of our community's longstanding challenges and changing lives for the better. To join the fight—through giving, advocating, and volunteering—visit www.uwsm.org.