[August 21, 2017] Oakland, California – Kicking off the school year with bright smiles and special sunglasses, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson and several other local leaders collaborated with the nonprofit organization SupplyBank.Org (formerly K to College) to distribute new backpacks and school supply kits to 500 kids at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary. Witnessing the natural phenomenon of the first total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. since 1979, students sported solar eclipse glasses also donated by SupplyBank.Org for a memorable science lesson.
San Francisco, CA – Mayor Edwin M. Lee today joined community members to hand out backpacks and school supplies to children living in the Sunnydale community as part of the Mayor’s annual Backpack Giveaway program. During the course of the summer, 5,500 backpacks will be distributed to youth throughout San Francisco.
[February 9, 2017] San Pablo, California – More than 400 students at Lake Elementary School received school supply kits valued at $65 each thanks to a partnership with the City of San Pablo. The event kicked off with a brief assembly in the school cafeteria followed by a joyous distribution of materials to each student. In attendance were Representative Abel Pineda from the Office of Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, San Pablo Mayor Cecilia Valdez, Councilmember Paul Morris, Councilmember Arturo Cruz, Lake Elementary School Principal Wendy Gonzalez, and SupplyBank.Org Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson.
[December 10, 2016] Oakland, California – Hundreds of moms and dads are receiving a helping hand thanks to a coalition of public and private organizations and the nonprofit SupplyBank.Org. More than 50,000 diapers, 100,000 baby wipes, hundreds of diaper backpacks, and other items were distributed to families at the Eastmont Mall WIC Office as the kickoff of an effort to solve “diaper need” in four Bay Area counties. The event was attended by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson, SupplyBank.Org Founder and Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson and several partnering public agency representatives.
[September 1, 2016] Pescadero, California – More than 250 students in La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District received a helping hand thanks to local leaders and a dozen volunteers from Huawei Technologies, which has been partnering with the nonprofit K to College for the past five years to address the unmet material needs of low-income kids. Each student received a school supply kit and dental kit valued at $65. The event included the Office of local Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, the Office of Assemblymember Rich Gordon, La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District Superintendent Amy Wooliever, Huawei Technologies Senior Director of Media Lab Planning and K to College staff.
“If we hope to reach the goals we’ve set for our students, we must build strategic relationships to improve their quality of life,” said Antwan Wilson, Superintendent of OUSD. “This Back to School effort by K to College, Lend a Hand, the Public Ed Fund, the City of Oakland, and all other contributors is a testament to the spirit of working together to realize our OUSD mission as a full-service community school district and our vision where every student thrives.”
250 volunteers gathered to assemble more than $250,000 worth of school and dental supplies into 3,500 individual school supply kits and 6,000 dental kits for kids throughout the Berkeley region at the International House on Sunday, August 21. This was the 6th annual Berkeley event and one of many events in California in 2016 that K to College has organized to address the unmet material needs of homeless and other low-income kids.
Local civic, education, business and nonprofit leaders joined us at Beneficial State Bank on Thursday, June 16th for the K to College East Bay VIP Reception. It was an evening to celebrate our joint effort to provide school supplies and hygiene items to thousands of homeless students throughout the East Bay, in addition to 10,000 Oakland students, 3,000 Berkeley students, and 500 Emeryville students. The program featured speeches from Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Mayor Tom Bates of Berkeley, Mayor Dianne Martinez of Emeryville, Superintendent Antwan Wilson of Oakland Unified, Berkeley Unified School Board President Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, President and Cofounder Mike Hannigan of Give Something Back Office Supplies, and K to College Vice Chair of the Board Tim Sbranti.
A special thanks to the following organizations for their continued partnership in this effort: Kaiser Permanente, Give Something Back Office Supplies, Target, California Teachers Association, Beneficial State Bank, PG&E, Farmers Insurance, Peter Sullivan Associates, Carpenters Local 713, Waste Management, Inc., Oakland Police Officers Association, Lend A Hand Foundation, Oakland Unified School District, City of Oakland, Alameda County Office of Education, City of Berkeley, Berkeley Unified School District, City of Emeryville, Emery Unified School District and Oaklandish.
Several of the state’s top business and civic leaders gathered in Sacramento on Wednesday, January 20th, for the 4th annual K to College Advisory Board luncheon. We welcomed several new members to the group this year, including the new President of the California Teachers Association Eric Heins, the new President of the California State PTA Justine Fischer and Chief of Staff at the California School Boards Association Paul Richman. The program included a presentation by Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson on the organization’s plans for 2016-2017, an expanded program and product portfolio for low-income children and families and a discussion on the needs of the state’s 300,000 homeless students enrolled in public schools.
Members and staff pictured from left right: Eli Rosenberg (K to College), Chelsea Lee (Office of Senator Carol Liu), Steve Larson (Capital Strategies), Veronica Ortiz-Torres (Office of Governor Edmund Brown) Charles Pattillo (California Prison Industries Authority), Dion Aroner (AJE Partners), Keith Parker (UCLA Government Affairs), Gayle Mathe (California Dental Association), Bill Whelan (Matson Logistics), Kimberly Ellis (Emerge California), Georgia Faulkner (K to College), Don Solem (Solem and Associates), Mike Hannigan (Give Something Back Office Supplies), Eric Heins (California Teachers Association), Craig Cheslog (Common Sense Media Kids Action), Estelle Lemieux (California Teachers Association), Peter Birdsall (California County Educational Services Association), Justine Fischer (California State PTA), Paul Richman (California School Boards Association), Erica Freeman (K to College), Brandon Biegert (California Student Aid Commission), Adelina Zendejas (California Department of Technology)
Tell California Leaders to Ensure 300,000 Homeless Kids Have Their Material Needs Met!
There are nearly 300,000 children identified as homeless in California public schools each year. Among many challenges, these students struggle to obtain the most basic necessities such as socks, underwear, hygiene supplies, school supplies, and other materials needed for social development, educational success, and overall well-being.