It’s back to school time. Are you ready?

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By ALI Volunteer, Marta Mahoney

I was a little stunned this past week when I realized stores are featuring “Back to School” merchandise and “Back to School” sales. (And one local retailer, who shall be nameless, is already showing Halloween items!) Since I’m still putting away my 4th of July decorations, “Back to School” wasn’t remotely on my radar.

But it’s obviously on everyone else’s radar, and that means – it’s time to hit the ALI thrift shop!

Every kid wants new clothes for school, and the thrift shop helps you stretch your back-to-school budget. You can buy an entire outfit for a fraction of what you’d spend at a department store!

“Back to School” at ALI also means it will soon be time for Operation School Bell, one of our signature philanthropies. Operation School Bell provides school clothing and supplies at the start of every school year to low-income families in Irvine public schools. Last year we clothed over 800 students in pre-K through the senior year of high school. So if you buy some of your “Back to School” clothes at the thrift shop, you’re not only helping your own family, but someone else in your community as well!

And while you’re doing your “Back to School” shopping, don’t forget our annual Book Drive, which is going on right now. We’re collecting donations of new or very gently-used books so that we can give each of our OSB students an age-appropriate book to read, along with their school supplies.   You can drop off book donations (or cash donations for this program) at the thrift shop any time that the shop is open.

And if your kids try on last year’s school wardrobe and they’ve outgrown everything – we’re always looking for donations!

Where can you ride your bike in Irvine? Try this map.

Happy family wearing helmets on a bicycle ride at the park together

The City of Irvine provides a network of on-street and off-street bikeways to encourage the use of bicycles as a safe and convenient means of transportation for both commuting and recreational purposes. This is evident by 301 lane miles of on-street and 54 miles of off-street bikeways provided in the City today. Click here for more information on cycling Irvine. 

Bike Map