SAN FRANCISCO, California – K to College, a nonprofit organization that operates the largest charitable school and other material donation program for low-income kids, distributed the first 250 of more than 12,500 school supply and dental hygiene kits to San Francisco school children during an event at Bret Harte Elementary School today. The event included an auditorium full of happy kids, San Francisco Superintendent Richard Carranza, Supervisor Malia Cohen, President of the Board David Chiu and representatives of K to College, corporate donors and other officials.
Bret Harte Elementary was chosen as the first school in part because of its high enrollment in the subsidized school lunch program, a leading indicator of poverty. “Every day we work hard to ensure every child in our City receives a quality public education. We are also aware that basic quality of life materials are critical to a child’s success in the classroom.” said Supervisor Malia Cohen, whose district includes Bret Harte Elementary. “I applaud K to College for stepping up and assisting students in our community through this tremendous program.”
Funded through a public-private partnership, the program was prioritized during the city’s budget process. “This program has been and should be a priority in San Francisco,” said President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu. “With all we invest in education and the quality of life for our low-income children and youth, it is essential that we remember to provide the basics that our young people need to be confident, prepared and stimulated to achieve.”
Students at Bret Harte Elementary School with Kits
Major corporate contributors to the program include Target, Comcast, Kaiser Permanente and Give Something Back Office Supplies. “This program is an excellent example of how the non-profit and for-profit sectors can collaborate with government to solve social problems,” said Mike Hannigan, President and cofounder of Give Something Back Office Supplies. “From day one we have partnered with K to College because this program partners with all stakeholders to produce the most efficient means to provide these resources for low-income kids.” Through these partnerships K to College is able to provide one supply kit worth approximately $65 at a cost of only $22.
San Francisco Unified School District is K to College’s single largest district beneficiary in California. “Today’s distribution marks the beginning of hundreds of distributions throughout the region and state,” said Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director of K to College. “San Francisco and its leadership across all sectors have demonstrated how a collaborative effort can produce tremendous, yet efficient results for the city’s most precious resource.”
The program is working with more than 200 school districts throughout California. Their focuses are schools serving low-income populations and homeless children. The supply packages will contain items such as paper, pencils, erasers, folders, glue sticks, index cards, a dental hygiene kit and a tote bag.