13,000 Dental Kits to San Diego County Homeless Children

“Huawei increased its commitment in providing students with the important tools they need to achieve educational success by providing them with school supplies and dental kits. Also today, Huawei and K to College extended the program to provide 13,000 dental kits to homeless students. The dental kits will reach 68 percent of the homeless student population across San Diego County.”

Huawei Expands K to College Partnership to Equip San Diego Students for Success

SAN DIEGO, California – At an event held at Marquis de Lafayette Elementary School in San Diego today, Huawei announced the expansion of its partnership with nonprofit K to College. 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 providing them with school supplies and dental kits. Also today, Huawei and K to College extended the program to provide 13,000 dental kits to homeless students. The dental kits will reach 68 percent of the homeless student population across San Diego County.
K to College is a nonprofit organization that operates the largest free school and dental supply program for underprivileged students in California.

“We believe that an educated workforce provides the key to a prosperous future. Children of all backgrounds deserve the chance to succeed,” said Jose Garcia, Huawei’s director of device hardware platforms, who along with 25 volunteers from Huawei’s San Diego office distributed supplies at Lafayette Elementary. “Huawei is committed to giving back to the community.” Huawei San Diego

Nearly 70 percent of the 295 students at Lafayette Elementary School participated in the free/reduced price meals program in the 2011-2012 school year. Furthermore, recent economic data showed unemployment for San Diego County on the rise, with nearly 126,000 out of work. Local school children need the assistance provided by organizations like K to College in order to ensure their success in school.

“Our region’s future success is dependent on the quality education experiences that our children have in San Diego’s schools. K to College and Huawei are helping to invest in that bright future here at Lafayette Elementary School through their donation of basic instructional materials and school supplies,” said Congressman Scott Peters (D-Calif.). “These students will now be better prepared to engage in their daily instruction, complete their homework, and retain the lessons taught in the classroom.”

Huawei San DiegoK to College and Huawei will also provide dental supplies to San Diego’s homeless children through partnerships with more than a dozen school district homeless liaisons. Partnering with school districts for distribution is part of K to College’s model which also relies on economies of scale. This economic approach to solving social problems is familiar to Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, who is the former Commissioner on Homelessness in San Diego. The plan he created, known as Project 25, identified the City’s most costly homeless individuals and offered intensive social services which yielded millions in taxpayer savings. “As our economy continues to rebuild, it is critical that we identify efficient means of ensuring that our children have all the tools they need to succeed,” said Assemblymember Maienschein. “Working with public and private partners, the K to College model takes an economic approach to provide an effective solution to an issue that impacts children, families and teachers throughout the region and state.”