Gear Up for School With These Events

organizations offer tips, resources on navigating transition back to school

V1 Staff

Feeling the jitters when it comes to the upcoming school year? Who isn’t?! Between the COVID-19 Delta variant and a completely unprecedented return to in-person schooling, this year is sure to be a doozy. Luckily, a few area organizations are offering back-to-school resources and tips to keeping your sanity in the second weirdest year ever. Check out these three local events to help you and your family prepare for this fall.

We Care Eau Claire

Monday, Aug. 16 from 4:30-7:30pm at Phoenix Park

In need of school supplies for the fall? Have no fear! We Care Eau Claire, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing school supplies to local students in need, will be offering a drive to fill up a backpack with all the required school supplies for Eau Claire Area School District Students in need. Feed My People Food Bank will also hand out groceries to families. In need of new clothes for school? No sweat! Goodwill will offer $10 coupons for clothing and supplies from their stores. Additional education services and community organizations will be present to help families make the transition back to school. Learn more about the event online at

Back to School Kick-off at Chippewa Valley Museum

Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 3pm at the Chippewa Valley Museum

The Chippewa Valley Museum is a year-round resource for learning and growing, but this school year, they want to make sure parents feel ready and prepared for a completely unprecedented school year. Join the Chippewa Valley Museum as they detail the 2021-22 school year, introduce the new Book of the Year and essay contest, unveil resources, and discuss everything you need to know about heading back to school. Teachers, learn more about field trip and group tour opportunities. Check out

Back to School Bash at the High Roller Skating Center

Sunday, Aug. 22, 4:30-7:30pm, 3120 Melby St., Eau Claire

Head on over to High Roller for one last hurrah before heading back to school. The first 100 guests to purchase tickets will receive a coupon for free entry with rentals, valid from Aug. 27 through Oct. 3. For $15, enjoy entry, skate or rollerblade rentals, playground entry for those ages 3 to 10, 12-ounce soda or lemonade, and a mini popcorn. Check out more details at their Facebook page.