Every year more than 12,000 children from low-income Palm Beach County families look forward to starting school on an equal footing with their peers – thanks to Community Back to School Bash (BASH). In a countywide collaborative initiative with more than 70 Palm Beach County agencies and municipalities, BASH makes sure that disadvantaged students in grades pre-K through 12 get the supplies, backpacks, information and resources they need to begin the school year with confidence. At the annual event, a personal shopper guides each child through a store of new school supplies, helping them select backpacks, pens, pencils and other items. For children who may be homeless, living in shelters or foster homes, it’s a rare treat to be able to shop for themselves. In 2012, the all-volunteer nonprofit organized back-to-school bashes at four convenient locations that included free school physicals, immunizations, health screenings, as well as gently used clothing, new and used school uniforms, and haircuts. Collecting donations is a year-round effort whose reward is big smiles from children and parents alike.