SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — At an event held at Rolando Park Elementary School in San Diego, Huawei Technologies distributed a $65 school supply and dental kit to hundreds of happy students in the school’s auditorium. The distribution was part of Huawei’s greater partnership with the nonprofit organization K to College, who with Huawei’s support has provided basic materials to more than 12,000 kids in San Diego County and 20,000 kids throughout California during the past six months.
Former San Diego Unified School Board President and current Assemblymember Shirley Weber and San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten joined K to College’s Benito Delgado-Olson and 20 Huawei employees to hand out the supplies to all 240 students attending Rolando Park Elementary.
“We believe that children of all backgrounds deserve the chance to succeed,” said Alison Jenkin, Huawei’s Senior Director of Government & Public Affairs, who along with 20 volunteers from Huawei’s San Diego office spent the morning packing kits for the school’s students. “Huawei is committed to giving back to the community.”
According to the California Department of Education, 75% of Rolando Park’s students, and 51% of San Diego’s County’s K-12 students, are eligible for the federal free or reduced price lunch program, which serves as a proxy measure of family poverty. The program also worked in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education’s Foster Youth and Homeless Education Services Office to address the material needs of homeless students throughout the County.
Local leaders cited the importance of addressing the basic material needs of low-income children as part of support services. “As a former school board president and volunteer, I have personally seen how not having basic material needs met further negatively impacts children who are homeless or experiencing financial hardship. It reinforces a sense of isolation from other students and builds additional barriers to educational achievement,” said Assemblymember Weber, whose district includes Rolando Park Elementary. “That is why I am grateful to K to College, Huawei Technologies and all involved for their growing partnership that will reach more than 12,000 children throughout the San Diego County region this year.”
K to College is a nonprofit organization that operates the largest charitable school and dental supply program for underprivileged students in California. Huawei has also partnered with K to College throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley. K to College’s school supply kits contain back-to-school essentials like paper, pencils, art supplies, a dental hygiene kit and a whiteboard.
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About K to College
K to College is a nonprofit operating the largest charitable school supply, dental supply and other material distribution program in California. From 2010-2013, K to College distributed more than $14,500,000 of school supplies, dental supplies and other basic materials to more than 230,000 children in more than 100 school districts throughout California. The program is projected to reach more than 200 county offices of education and school districts in 2015.