Back to School Alliance Back 2 School Alliance Cancels 'Party' Due To Pandemic; Needs More Backpacks By Eric Stock • Jul 20, 2020 Jan Meadows An annual back-to-school party for thousands of children in Bloomington-Normal won't happen this year. At least not in the same way. Back to School Alliance Plans School Supply Distribution Day By Charlie Schlenker & Ryan Denham • Jul 26, 2017 Back to School Alliance Facebook Page Most of us remember what it was like as a kid on that first day of school. Your backpack is full of fresh school supplies. The way that giant box of crayons smells when you open it for the first time.