Welcome to the digital backpack—where we post information about educational and enrichment opportunities in and around our community. Read the following guidelines carefully so your event publishes successfully.
Publications from community organizations must meet the guidelines of our Board Policy 903.5 – Distribution of Materials. It is the Board’s policy to cooperate with non-profit groups, organizations and individuals who wish to display non-school-related materials that are viewed as having direct value to students subject to the approval.
Our acceptance of publications for display here does not imply agreement with or support of their content by the schools, administration, staff, Board or individual reviewing the materials.
Important Tips Before Submitting Your Event
- A date for your event is required. If there are multiple, please utilize the date range and fully explain the details in the event description. If you leave the date field blank, your event may not post.
You must include the following disclaimer on the electronic file for the flyer you submit online. If it does not include the disclaimer, we will ask you to correct it and resubmit your event with the updated information. A flyer is not required for submission of events that meet the criteria for posting,
“This is not an Ames Community School District publication, nor is it in any way endorsed or sponsored by the District. This publication is being provided only to inform you of other community activities and opportunities.”
- If you have a website link that describes your event, please include that information.
- The District will not display materials that promote a for-profit entity or activity that
will likely disrupt the orderly, efficient and disciplined atmosphere of the school or a
District, Booster or PTO Publications
We believe that student participation in co-curricular activities is an important parallel to students’ curricular experience. In order to promote these activities and make them available to as many students as possible, the District encourages participation of parents and other community members in supporting co-curricular boosters clubs.
Similarly, the District endorses and appreciates school/community partnerships and the participation of PTA/PTO organizations in fund-raising and other activities designed to support school activities, programs and family engagement.
District, Booster and PTO/PTA activities do not require the disclaimer.
Subscribe to Digital Backpack Categories
To find opportunities you or your child might be interested in, select a category from the left.
You may receive email notifications when new community events are added to your favorite categories. To subscribe, in the orange sidebar to the left, click on the category. When the page opens, look for the Stay Informed heading at the bottom of the left sidebar. Type your email address in the field provided. Click the arrow in the orange square to continue. Check your email inbox or spam folder for a confirmation email from jbadmin <email@example.com>. Click the link in the message body to finalize your subscription.
Want to submit an item for posting?
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Through the Mail
If you'd like to promote your opportunity through the mail, contact us for mailing labels for students who have permission to be listed in their school's public directory.
The Flyer must meet our guidelines. The cost for each sheet of labels with 30 names and addresses is $1.