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IBC Foundation supports Philadelphia School District’s First Back-to-School Bus Tour

By August 5, 2021June 29th, 2022News

William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, and Independence Blue Cross Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake at the launch of the Ring the Bell Back to School Bus Tour.

To help the community prepare for a successful return to full, in-person learning on August 31, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) jointly announced with the School District of Philadelphia the first-ever Back-to-School Bus Tour. The Tour, which is funded by the Foundation, will provide critical back-to-school information and services to students and families, including free required childhood immunizations.

Kicking off August 9 at the Jardel Recreation Center, the specially-wrapped buses will visit 31 neighborhoods through August 27. At each stop, students and families will have an opportunity to meet with School District of Philadelphia Street Team Ambassadors who will share details for pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade registration and assist with signing up for the Parent Portal. Students will also be able to receive a free backpack and school supplies.

A complete list of the Back-to-School Bus Tour stops and the latest back-to-school updates can be found at

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Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBX Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBX Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBX Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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