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The Ball-Chatham School District distributes information to students from outside non-profit organizations, and intergovernmental agencies, for which it grants approval.

 

Rather than sending home flyers from these organizations in book bags, or in our newsletters, we will be posting such information on this Virtual Backpack webpage throughout the school year for all to see. (Homework, Booster, PTO, Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation, and District/School/Class correspondence will continue to be sent home in book bags, email blasts, and/or newsletters.)

 

Suitability and approval will be at the discretion of the District.


Current postings:​​

  • Chatham Public Library Summer Reading Program     Link

  • Illinois State Fair Free Admission Days     Link

  • Tech Prairie STEAM Expo at the Illinois State Fair    Link

  • Summer Job Opportunities at the Illinois State Fair    Link

  • Illinois State Fair Art Competition     Link

  • Illinois College Girls Basketball Summer Camp     Link

  • Sangamon County Fair Talent Competition     Link

  • UIS Youth Summer Volleyball Camps     Link

  • UIS Boys Summer Basketball Camps     Link

  • Capital City United Youth Soccer tryouts     Link

  • Free School Supplies for Ball-Chatham Students in Need     Link

  • SASA Youth Recreational League and Summer Camps     Link

  • Ball-Chatham Summer Enrichment Camps / Glenwood Summer Sports Camps     Link

  • Teen Volunteers Needed for Summer Book Camps at CAPL     Link

  • YMCA Summer Job Opportunities for GHS Students     Link

  • NIU STEAM Summer Camps     Link

  • UISWBB Summer Basketball Camps     Link

  • USNA Summer Seminar and Summer STEM Camp     Link

 

To submit a flyer for approval: Those wishing to submit information to be posted on this Virtual Backpack website must do so by reading the Flyer Submission Guidelines shown below, sending the required information via email, and attaching a PDF or providing a link to the requested posting. This should be done at least 10 days in advance of the desired posting date. 


Flyer Submission Guidelines:

  • Those wishing to submit information to be posted on this Virtual Backpack site must do so by emailing the required information listed below to bschroeder@bcsd5.org and attaching a PDF of the requested posting.

  • This should be done at least 10 days in advance of the desired posting date.

  • Organizations are limited to postings of one a month, with a two-month limit for anyone posting. Approved postings will be updated on a weekly basis.

  • Only non-profit organizations will be allowed to have materials posted on the Virtual Backpack site. Distribution of materials for commercial businesses or organizations will not be permitted.

  • All activities or information must be appropriate for students. Activities and information should relate to a school function, event or purpose, or relate to an organization that offers widely appealing recreational program options for Ball-Chatham students. Approval of any and all flyers is at the discretion of Ball-Chatham administrators.

  • The application should be made ten days prior to the distribution date and one electronic copy of the proposed flyer must accompany the request for distribution.

  • Materials are posted for informational purpose only. Posting does not imply District endorsement of them.