Back to School: Back(pack) in the Groove

The countdown to back-to-school is on – a chance for a fresh start and an anything-can-happen year, for reuniting with old friends and making new ones, for branching out and embracing a new reality. As some students hop on the bus back to the classroom this fall and others hop out of bed to distance learn in the living room, there’s no doubt that this schoolyear will be filled with unknowns . One thing is certain, however: you need to look no further than JCPenney for the must-haves students need to get back to learning.

Read on to see what’s new in backpacks, must-have furniture, and organizational items to keep everybody sane while schooling. Just click on each image to view it on our flagship store,

Pack It Up
No matter where the learning happens, everything needs its place! JCPenney has a wide variety of backpacks (and lunch boxes) to choose from, regardless of your students’ style preference. Adidas has the trendsetters covered with a colorful ombre pattern, while Puma offers great options for students who prefer sporty subtlety. One can never go wrong with a classic Jansport, and the “Big Student” backpack comes in multiple patterns and colors.


Work On It
Just in case the dining room table is in use by another family member working from home – or, you know, mealtime – it’s a great idea to have a dedicated work area to concentrate on the tasks at hand. The Urban Shop Z-shaped student desk is a perfect size, and it’s pretty much a scientific fact that learning happens more effectively when sitting in a faux fur adjustable rolling chair (just don’t quote us on that). If you don’t believe us, try a colorful bean bag cushion instead.


Get Organized
No matter where the learning happens, organization is key. Our five-tier charging station will keep everyone’s devices ready to go, and we highly recommend the old-school pen and paper route of scheduling with planners and calendars to keep the calendar and to-dos all in one handy place. Pro tip: make it more fun with a pack of festive stickers to help plan and prioritize!

Keep checking back with the JCPenney blog as the school year approaches for more tips, and visit to discover back-to-school deals in the meantime. JCPenney will help you reach your true potential no matter what the school year brings – we’re here to get you ready.