2021 KBK Essay Contest

***  Enter the KBK Essay Contest by May 5, 2021 and you might win up to $250.  ***  



Eligibility and rules:

  • Must be a student in grade 4 through 12

  • Student must attend school in Wellesley, Needham, and Newton

  • Only one essay per student allowed

  • Essay must be written by the student

  • Plagiarism will result in disqualification

  • Any student related to a Kids Backing Kids Board member is not eligible


Essay length and formatting:

  • Maximum essay length varies by grade level:

    • Grades 4 to 5: 250 words or less

    • Grades 6 to 8: 350 words or less

    • Grades 9 to 12: 500 words or less

  • Essay should be double-spaced; 11 or 12 pt font size

  • Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the essay (all identifying information will be gathered on the entry form)

  • Submit the essay as a Word or PDF attachment to the electronic entry form via the Kids Backing Kids website




Judges selected by the Kids Backing Kids Board of Directors will select the winners, as follows:


Grades 4 to 5: 1st Place ($250), 2nd Place ($100), 3rd Place ($50)

Grades 6 to 8: 1st Place ($250), 2nd Place ($100), 3rd Place ($50)

Grades 9 to 12: 1st Place ($250), 2nd Place ($100), 3rd Place ($50)

In addition, Kids Backing Kids will make a $50 donation to a local or regional charitable organization selected by each winner from a list approved by the Board of Directors.



Students must write the essay topic for their grade level.


Grades 4-5 (250 words or less):

Childhood hunger is a critical problem in our communities. Many people do not really know about it or think about it. What have you learned about childhood hunger? What are some ways that you could raise awareness about childhood hunger in your community, so that people have a better understanding about it?


Grades 6-8 (350 words or less):

There are many important social problems that affect children in America today – food insecurity, poverty, homelessness, and trauma from physical or emotional abuse. If you were asked to give a presentation to your classmates about one of these topics, which one would you choose? Why did you choose that social problem over the others? What would you like to do to help children affected by that social problem?

Grades 9-12 (500 words or less): 

There are many important social problems that affect children in America today – food insecurity, poverty, homelessness, and trauma from physical or emotional abuse. If you were starting your own nonprofit organization that would focus on only one of these problems, which one would you choose? Why did you choose that social problem over the others? Describe at least two actions or steps that your organization would take in its first year to tackle this problem for children.




Judges will independently review and score each essay. All essays will be blinded so judges do not know the identity of the essay authors.


Each essay will be judged based on the following criteria: Responsiveness to the prompt and persuasiveness (25 points); Organization and structure (15 points); and Spelling, grammar, and punctuation (10 points).


The total score (out of 50 possible points) will be used to select the winner in each grade level category. If there is a tie, the essay scoring higher on persuasiveness will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by random selection. All decisions by the judges are final




The essay must be submitted electronically by May 5, 2021, 10:00 p.m. (EST) via this Essay Contest link.




Winners will be announced by May 21, 2021 and informed by email. Winning essays will be posted on the Kids Backing Kids website. Winners must agree to share a personal photo to include on our website with the essay.


For more information, contact Grace Rodrigue at grace.rodrigue@kidsbackingkids.org or (781) 690-9818.

KBK Holiday Gift Drive a Big Success!

There was no question that the 2020 holiday season would be challenging for many children and families.  Some parents told us and our community partners that they could not afford holiday gifts for their children this year. 


Kids Backing Kids wanted to make sure that some children in our community had gifts to open.  When we first set out to organize the first annual KBK Holiday Gift Drive, we hoped we could provide a few gifts to about 50 kids. Maybe, just maybe, we could support 75 kids. 


Thanks to your kindness and generosity, we reached that goal... and more.  Working with our community sponsors, we delivered gifts to 204 children in Wellesley, Newton, and Needham who now will have something they wished for this holiday season.


  • To the 85 individuals and families who sponsored 2 to 8 children each and who bought a collective $25,000 in new gifts... THANK YOU!


  • To the 26 individuals and families who donated $2,800 that allowed KBK to purchase gifts for even more kids... THANK YOU!


  • To the 40+ youth volunteers and families who wrapped 1,350 gifts... THANK YOU!


  • To the community partners in the Wellesley Public Schools, Wellesley Housing Authority, Wellesley Health Department, Newton Public Schools, and Needham Housing Authority... THANK YOU!


  • To local businesses who donated supplies, space, and other in-kind resources during what is also a challenging time for you... THANK YOU!


On behalf of everyone at Kids Backing Kids, we wish you peace and happiness this holiday season.

Back-to-School Supplies Drive

The 2020 first annual back-to-school community campaign was a great success, thanks to so many individuals, businesses, and organizations who donated school supplies, money, time, space, and other resources. Kids Backing Kids delivered backpacks with school supplies to over 150 children and families in need by filling requests from individual families in our local communities, the Wellesley Housing Authority, the Wellesley Public Schools, the Newton Public Schools, and the Boston Youth Sanctuary. 


February 2021 KBK Newsletter


October 2020 KBK Newsletter

July 2, 2020 / The Swellesley Report

Wellesley family launches Kids Backing Kids

July 20, 2020 / The Swellesley Report

Donations being accepted for kids' backpacks

August 2, 2020 / Wellesley Townsman

Wellesley family has kids backs

August 6, 2020 / WCVB Channel 5 Boston

Sisters start Kids Backing Kids


August 13, 2020 / Community Fund for Wellesley

COVID-19 backpacks to help vulnerable families

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