{Giveaway} “Fill the Backpack” with Back to School Goodies Valued Over $750

In celebration of (or perhaps in dreading) Back to School, the team at Splash Creative Media is launching “Fill the Backpack”, a collaborative effort to share the fantastic brands and causes that help parents and kids get ready for school. This is our second year we’re doing it, and it’s even bigger and better than before!

To kick off this month of post, tweets, and of course, inspirations around Back to School, we are giving away an overstuffed Lands’ End backpack filled with goodies from companies like Eventbrite, Leapfrog, Mabels Labels, HP, and much more with a retail value of over $750!

Here’s how it works. Starting today, we are launching giveaways on ALL 8 blogs. (This means 8 chances to win!). All month long you can enter, chat with us about back to school topics, and learn about our awesome sponsors.

You could also join us for our twitter party on Tuesday, September 6th at 9pm EST for even more chances to win!

Fill the Backpack benefits Communities in Schools

This isn’t just an ordinary giveaway though. It’s also a way for Splash Creative Media to give back. 10% of our net profits are going to our nonprofit beneficiary, Communities in Schools.  This is a wonderful organization that surrounds students with a “community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”

A donation to Communities In Schools is an investment in the future of our country. For approximately $200 per child per year, we are able to keep 97 percent of the young people we serve in school and on track to graduation.

You can find out more about Communities in Schools, donate, or learn how you can volunteer via their website, twitter and Facebook pages.

Our Sponsors

Fill the Backpack Giveaway includes:

Eventbrite: $50 credit for Eventbrite events-great for school events and fundraisers.

Leapfrog: LeapFrog’s Leapster Explorer ($69.99) provides handheld learning experiences in a portable device designed for ages 4-9. It serves as a mobile hub for downloadable Learning Apps that include eBooks, video, games, and flash cards that auto adjust during game play according to a child’s needs and skills and works with LeapFrog cartridges (prices vary).

Sleep Innovations: Help your kids get proper rest, so they can study better Sleep Innovations REMedy Study Bundle set, twin XL, contains a 1 1/2 inch twin XL-size gel memory foam topper and gel memory foam pillow in a reusable zippered canvas bag. ($80)

Etymotic: You’ll receive an exciting new family product from Etymotic that will be released next month! You’ll be among the first to own it! ($49 or $79)

HP: With the HP Photosmart e-All-in-One Printer your student can use ePrint technology which gives them the ability to set up a customizable ePrint address, allowing the sender to receive documents, email or photos from any smartphone or laptop, the same way they would send an email message. ($99.99)

AVG: AVG Internet Security ($54.99), a complete line of products for the whole family to match your digital lifestyles.

Mabels Labels: Labeling all the kids lunchboxes, water bottles, clothes and more is easy (and fun!) with Mabel’s Labels ultimate back to school combo pack ($39) and a set of adorable bag tags ($21).

Marble Jar: Looking for a way to help reinforce positive behavior for your family? The Marble Jar app for iPhone ($2.99) can help you and your kids stay motivated.

ChicaLogic: ChicaLogic is a company that creates software for women, by women to keep your PC running smoothly. ChicaPC Shield ($29.95) and ChicaPC Fix ($29.95) work to scan your PC to find and remove threats caused by malware invasions and errors caused by regular use.

Lands’ End: You can’t beat Lands’ End backpacks for durability and quality for kids of all ages. We love that these come sized to fit toddlers-high schoolers. (prices vary)

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac ($150) or Microsoft Office 2010 for PC ($149.95) are packed with features that help you tackle every assignment, and work together on group projects-from almost anywhere.

California Innovations: California Innovations eco-friendly lunchboxes are offered in a variety of colors, sizes, and even with your children’s favorite Disney characters, making them a great alternative to paper bags.

Stonyfield: From everyone’s favorite organic yogurt company, we have a gift pack with coupons for YoKids, an activity book, and more! (approx value $15)

Carolina Pad: Carolina Pad offers a fun back to school package featuring exceptional quality and design. You can find everything from binders to notebooks, planners to folders for back to school in their online store or at retailers nationwide. (prices vary)

Scholastic: Literacy is the cornerstone of a child’s growth, and for nearly 90 years Scholastic has created quality products and services that educate, entertain and motivate children and are designed to help enlarge their understanding of the world around them.(prices vary)

P&G: P&G offers an Back to School box filled with tons of great products to help you and your family get back to school. Even better you can help kids stay in school by purchasing products using P&G’s brandSAVER. (prices vary)

Johnson’s & Johnson’s: A back to school gift pack including Johnson’s products including detangler (no more tears over hair brushing), hand and face wipes (perfect for classroom cleanup), and baby powder (for everything from the locker room to your shoes). For all those playground scrapes, and bumps they’ve also included Neosporin, and Mickey Mouse Band Aids.“They work better together.” (approx value $20)

Playful Planet: Keep your kids healthy, and get some fun exercise in on rainy or cold day with the Splash Creative Media as part of the Fill the Backpack Campaign.

And to think… one lucky winner will get to have it all!


TO ENTER: Leave a comment about how YOU plan to get involved with your local school this year. 

DEADLINE: Drawing held at 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, September 15th. Please see fine print below for more rules.

For extra entries you must complete the above comment and do any or all of the following:

Share the Fill the Backpack giveaway on twitter using #Backpack11. Tweet once per day and leave a comment for every tweet. (1 entry)

Here is an example of a tweet you can use, but feel free to improvise:

Win a backpack stuffed w/ Back to School goodies valued $750+ from @graceduffy. Enter to win here: http://ow.ly/645um #backpack11

Subscribe to my RSS feed  (1 entry)

Follow @Splash_Creative, @graceduffy, and @FilltheBackpack on twitter, and comment here to let me know. (1 entry for each follow)

Leave a comment on every “Fill the Backpack 11″ post shared on Formerly Gracie. (1 entry per comment)

For an extra 5 entries, write an original blog post about the Fill the Backpack campaign, Communities in Schools, or a back to school topic and include the following:

“Win an overstuffed backpack of goodies valued at over $750 from Fill the Backpack from Splash Creative Media &  Formerly Grace .”

Enter on all the Splash sites!

Visit the sites of the Splash Creative Media team to learn about the other companies who have generously donated items for our Fill the Backpack giveaway. The Fill the Backpack team consists of:

TechSavvyMama by Leticia Barr @TechSavvyMama

Clueless Mama by Laurie Cooper, @Clueless_Mama

Savvy Sassy Moms by Andrea Fellman, @SavvySassyMoms

Just Precious by Julie Meyers Pron, @JustPrecious

Sassy Moms in the City by Alison Ray @SassyMomChicago

It’s My Life by Jessica Rosenberg, @Kikarose

The Centsible Life by Kelly Whalen, @CentsibleLife

Formerly Gracie by Grace Duffy, @GraceDuffy

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Splash Creative Media as part of the Fill the Backpack Campaign. I am also a brand ambassador for ChicaLogic and Mabel’s Labels. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are those of my own. 

Fine print: One winner will be randomly selected by Random.org on Thursday, September 15th and contacted via email or Twitter.  If winner comment does not meet the aforementioned criteria by containing the necessary contact information, another winner will be selected.  Winner must provide name and US mailing address for direct shipment of products within 24 hours of being contacted or an alternate winner will be selected.  Grace Duffy, Splash Creative Media, and Fill the Backpace sponsors are not responsible for items lost or delayed in shipping.


  1. Follow @FilltheBackpack as @jdnorthwest

  2. I would like to volunteer in my daughter’s media center this year.

  3. I follow you on Twitter.


  4. I follow @Splash_Creative on Twitter.


  5. I follow @FilltheBackpack on Twitter.


  6. Subscribe to your RSS feed

  7. I’m a substitute teacher, so of course I will be doing that, but I also plan on finding ways to help out teachers and kids so their focus can be more on learning during school time!

  8. I have tweeted about the giveaway!

    Thank you :)

  9. I follow FilltheBackpack on twitter (niko2k4)
    Thanks :)

  10. I also follow you on twitter (niko2k4)
    Thank you!

  11. And I follow Splash_Creative on twitter (niko2k4)!

  12. And I also follow you via google reader (same e-mail addy)

    Thanks again!

  13. i plan on ordering from market place so the money goes to the school.

  14. goggle reader

  15. @Splash_Creative following @purplelover04

  16. Im going to join the PTA!!!

  17. @graceduffy following @purplelover04

  18. @FilltheBackpack following @purplelover04

  19. Julie Sharwtz says:

    I follow and tweet @waterbluffy

  20. Julie Sharwtz says:

    I not only plan but have already started helping our local elementary school we are now doing a fund raiser for the lions club collecting eye wear changing lives one pair at a time if we collect the most her 4th grade class wins a party and school supplies for her class.

  21. Julie Sharwtz says:

    I also collect daily box tops not only from the store but I enter daily online to get more why do I care so much our children deserve the best not only my children but every child the state where I live have cut back so many programs our children dont even have music or art which I feel is needed their gym is only recess not a real phys ed teacher I am doing what I can to help in every little way I can and if we all can help little or big it all helps ty @waterbluffy

  22. 9/15 tweet! :) @VectoringMomma, tonikaye24 at yahoo dot com

  23. Jennifer Marie says:
  24. Kendra Gillilan says:

    volunteer opps in whatever needed

  25. Help with found raising so that the kids can finally get a playground


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