SAN PABLO, CALIFORNIA — Today hundreds of happy kids in San Pablo received tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies as part of a charitable event sponsored by the San Pablo Community Foundation, the George Miller Youth Fund, and the nonprofit organization K to College. Attending the distribution event at Lake Elementary School were 430 excited students, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, City of San Pablo Mayor Paul Morris, City of San Pablo Vice-Mayor Kathy Chao Rothberg, and Councilmembers Cecilia Valdez and Genoveva Garcia Calloway.
“There is nothing greater for these students than knowing that someone believes in them and their abilities,” said Lake Elementary Principal Brenda Surgers. “Receiving these school supply kits provides a big boost for our school, our teachers, and most of all our students. It’s amazing to witness what this inspires.”
Since 2010, K to College has provided more than 50,000 children and youth in Contra Costa County with school and dental supply kits. Founded in Berkeley, K to College has expanded into a statewide program, while continuing to address the needs of Bay Area children and youth. With more than 95% of Lake Elementary students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program, local leaders say that providing these materials is essential for a successful school year.
"The City of San Pablo is committed to encouraging all students in our city, at whatever educational level, to achieve the best they can possibly be,” said San Pablo Mayor Paul Morris. The event occurred thanks to contributions from the San Pablo Community Foundation and the George Miller Youth Fund. Through partnerships with corporate sponsors such as Give Something Back Office Supplies, K to College was able to provide three dollars of supplies for every dollar donated for the school supplies.
K to College says that the partnership that enabled today’s distribution is a model that can be replicated elsewhere. “San Pablo’s successful support for their under-resourced children is an example of what a collaborative effort can produce with the right civic and corporate leadership,” said Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director of K to College. “K to College continues to work to bring similar solutions to other communities throughout the region and state.”
The program is collaborating with more than 200 county offices of education and school districts throughout California with the goal of building a statewide system to ensure that all children and youth receive the basic materials they need for school. The organization’s initial focus is to serve the state’s 270,000 homeless children, but also Title 1 schools where possible. K to College’s school supply kits contain back-to-school essentials like paper, pencils, art supplies, and a white board.About K to College
K to College is a nonprofit operating the largest charitable school supply, dental supply and other material distribution program in California. From 2010-2013, K to College has distributed more than $14,500,000 of school supplies, dental supplies and other basic materials to more than 230,000 children in more than 100 school districts throughout California. The program is projected to reach more than 200 county offices of education and school districts in 2015.
Replicating the successful model of regional food banks, K to College is building a statewide "Supply Bank" to effectively and efficiently address the material needs of California's disadvantaged children and youth. Similar to how food banks work with farmers, government agencies and others to efficiently distribute food to alleviate hunger, K to College works with manufacturers, school districts, and social service agencies to distribute basic materials to alleviate kids' material needs. By working with a sympathetic network of manufacturers and buying supplies direct, coordinating streamlined assemblies of the materials into kits, and distributing to at-risk kids through partnering school districts, the organization is working to systematically ensure that every child receives the materials they need.