Backpack Kickback

Aug 9, 2015

Sydney_Paige_BkpkWhether a child’s eager to learn to read and write and about to enter kindergarten or a teenager is worrying more about wardrobe than her upcoming Honors Chemistry class, going back to school in August or September can be a cause for anxiety and stress—before the school year has even begun.

Flintridge Bookstore is looking to reduce stress by helping students receive backpacks and school supplies via the “buy one/give one” idea.

Flintridge stocks backpacks, lunch bags, and school accessories from Sydney Paige, which is a buy on/give one company. The B1G1 (there are many ways to “write” this) concept was begun by TOMS, founded in 2006. The company had a novel idea: for every pair of shoes sold, it would donate a pair to a child in need. Since then, this concept—which caught on and spread quickly—has come under fire for allegedly discouraging the demand for locally-produced products and “does little to address the root causes of poverty,” Valeria Budinich told the N.Y. Times.

In the years since, TOMS owner Blake Mycoskie has heard and listened, proceeding to not just donate, but to help break the chain of poverty, as in building a shoe manufacturing operation in Haiti, staffed by local residents.

Still, buy one/give one is a worthy idea in certain situations, and Flintridge Bookstore and Sydney Paige are creating such a circumstance. Readers with school age children can check out the Sydney Paige stock of backpacks at Flintridge Bookstore and for every pack bought during the month of August, the store will donate a like item—which will be filled with school supplies. The recipients of said backpacks will be 300 students in Northwest Pasadena, who will be attending the Robinson Park Back to School event.

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill  Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge 91011. Tel.: 1.818.790.0717.


Flintridge Bookstore Backpack Donation Event

Flintridge Bookstore Backpack Donation Program – the whole month of August; courtesy photo


On Sunday, August 16th, the City of Pasadena Human Services and Recreation Department hosts the 27th Annual Michael Bryant Free Haircut & Back to School Event at Robinson Park.

“Michael Bryant was a local barber here in Pasadena”, explains Horace Wormely, Deputy Director of HSRD, “who year after year offered free haircuts to local residents returning to school, from his shop on Lincoln Avenue.”

Twenty-seven years later, the tradition not only lives on, but also continues to grow. Joining the Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Unified School District, Target, and other non-profits that support the back to school event, is Sydney Page, Inc. (

August 16th at Robinson Park. Address: 1018 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 91103. Tel.: 1.626.744.7330. Ci.Pasadena.CA.US/HumanServices/Robinson_Park.


Backpack from Syndey Paige, Inc.

Backpack from Syndey Paige, Inc.


If you’d like to buy directly from Sydney Paige, click here and be sure to click “City of Pasadena HSRD” when adding products to your cart.

For more info, visit:!pasadenabackpacks


Sydney Paige backpacks

Sydney Paige backpacks; Sydney Paige, Inc.


Sydney Paige backpacks for the little ones - complete with blanket for napping! Sydney Paige, Inc.

Sydney Paige backpacks for the little ones – complete with blanket for napping! Sydney Paige, Inc.





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