SANTA CLARA, California – At an event held with 532 students at George Mayne Elementary School in Santa Clara today, Huawei announced the expansion of its partnership with nonprofit K to College to deliver dental kits to 5,800 homeless children across four Northern California counties. Acknowledging the need for assistance in the community, Huawei increased its commitment in providing students with the important tools they need to achieve educational success by giving them school supplies and dental kits.
K to College operates the largest free school and dental supply program for underprivileged students in California. With Huawei’s assistance, they will provide dental kits to homeless children in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and San Mateo counties.
“Children from all backgrounds and walks of life deserve a chance to succeed,” said Naveen Dhar, head of Huawei’s Center for Innovation in Santa Clara. “All of us at Huawei believe that education is a necessary foundation for future success.”
More than 70 percent of students at George Mayne Elementary School participated in the free/reduced price meals program in the 2011-2012 school year. Local school children need the assistance provided by organizations like K to College in order to ensure their success in school. Statewide, unemployment rose to 8.9 percent, indicating that California families need assistance.
“During my career as a teacher, principal and school board member, I saw first-hand the impact that inequity in education can have on students and their ability to thrive. This public-private partnership between Huawei and K to College will help to ensure that students at George Mayne Elementary will have expanded access to instructional materials,” said Congressman Mike Honda (D-Calif.). “Investments in our public schools are important to our nation’s future, as today’s students learn the critical thinking and technical skills they will need as tomorrow’s workforce.”
“These supplies do more than fill backpacks,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, whose district includes George Mayne Elementary. “They provide confidence, excitement for learning and convey the important message that the community cares. I applaud Huawei and K to College’s effort to provide all our students with the materials they need to achieve.”
About Huawei: Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. For more information, visit Huawei online: www.huawei.com.
About K to College: K to College, founded in 2008 by a group of UC Berkeley students and alumni, is a non-profit public benefit corporation whose school supply and dental kit initiatives are the largest efforts of their kind in the United States, providing essential resources to tens of thousands of students. Since 2010, K to College has distributed more than $14,500,000 of grade-appropriate school and dental supply kits to more than 230,000 students in more than 100 California school districts. In an effort to target public school students enrolled in the subsidized lunch program, K to College partners directly with school districts to help mass distribute supplies and reach those most in need.