OAKLAND, Calif. – K to College, an Oakland-based non-profit organization dedicated to assisting underprivileged students throughout the Bay Area, donated the first 1,250 of more than 150,000 school supply and dental hygiene packages to students during distribution events at Bret Harte Elementary in San Francisco, Franklin Elementary in Oakland and Verde Elementary in North Richmond today.
Through a favorable partnership with Give Something Back Office Supplies and aid from the Federal American Reinvestment & Recovery Act, K to College to assembled more than 150,000 school supply packages to be handed out county-wide. “This program is an excellent example of how the non-profit and for-profit sectors can collaborate to solve social problems,” said Mike Hannigan, President and cofounder of Give Something Back Office Supplies.
“If we hope to reach the goals we’ve set as a school district and a city, we must build strategic relationships to improve the quality of life for young people and their families,” said Tony Smith, Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). “Specifically, OUSD must focus on creating the learning conditions each child needs to succeed academically and socially. By donating critical school supplies to Oakland students, K to College exemplifies the kind of community partnership needed to realize our vision of OUSD as a full-service community school district where children have the support they need to thrive”
K to College is the brainchild of UC Berkeley alum Benito Delgado-Olson, who started the non-profit as a senior in 2007. In its first year, Delgado-Olson and K to College’s other student organizers were able to fund 300 kits, which grew to more than 26,000 in its second year. This year’s estimated 150,000 kits demonstrate a strong outpouring of support from both donors and community organizers. The remaining 75,000 kits will be given to students in San Francisco and Contra Costa Counties.
“Our goal was to build an efficient business model to solve the material resource gap prevalent in public education,” said Delgado-Olson. “Now that we have a proven plan for success, we want to grow to help thousands more children in need.”
K to College is able to provide one supply kit worth approximately $65 at a cost of only $22. K to College is launching the Give 22 campaign to encourage individuals to donate $22, the cost to provide one child with a supply kit.
The supply packages will contain items such as paper, pencils, erasers, folders, glue sticks, index cards, a dental hygiene kit and a tote bag.