Hosted at the Orange County Convention Center this year, The Great Big Backpack Build successfully kicked off A Gift for Teaching’s Ready for Back-to-School campaign presented by Walt Disney World Resort with a record-breaking number of backpacks funded and packed with essential supplies!

In a fun and impactful morning, 30 companies came together with one goal: to build backpacks for brighter futures. 20,000 backpacks were filled with core school supplies with the help of more than 400 corporate volunteers. These essentials will be delivered to 135 Orange County public schools with the highest need as well as public schools in Osceola County.

To produce this ultimate corporate team-building event, more than $165,000 worth of in-kind production services, venue space, and materials were additionally donated by generous community partners. These impactful collaborations help ensure even more funds can be dedicated to providing educational resources that inspire future leaders – for an impact lasting beyond just one event.

Because of the dedication to corporate social responsibility in our community, 20,000 children in Central Florida will be guaranteed to begin the new school year prepared and excited to learn this fall!

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A special thanks to these hardworking teams for building backpacks for brighter futures:

Addition Financial

Albu & Associates

American College of Education

Charles Schwab Foundation

David Weekley Family Foundation

Duke Energy

Enterprise Road Forward


Holiday Inn Club Vacations

JCQ Services Inc

Little Diversified Architecture Consulting

Nelson Financial Planning Services

Nemours Children’s Health

Net Conversion

Orange County Public Schools

Orlando Health

Orlando Magazine

Orlando Magic

Osceola County Public Schools

Publix Supermarket Charities

Ricoh USA

Rollins College

Seaside Bank & trust

Smart City Networks

Sodexo Live!

Suncoast Credit Union

TD Bank

The Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation

Universal Orlando

Valencia College

Walt Disney World Resort

Wells Fargo


Welcome to The Great Big Backpack Build with Walt Disney World Resort

Investing in Our Students and Teachers with Universal Orlando

Impact of Building Backpacks for Brighter Futures with an OCPS teacher

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