STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA — At an event held at Washington Elementary School in Stockton, Huawei Technologies today announced the expansion of its partnership with the nonprofit organization K to College to provide school supplies and dental kits to more than 2,000 children in San Joaquin County.
Rep. Jerry McNerney and Stockton Unified Interim Superintendent Julie Penn joined K to College’s Benito Delgado-Olson and 20 Huawei employees to hand out school supplies and dental kits to the 270 students attending Washington Elementary.
“All of our students qualify for free lunches, one hundred percent,” said Washington Elementary Principal Olivia Castillo. “These students need these materials to excel in the classroom, to do their homework, and most of all to make them believe in their own potential for success.”
Local leaders cited the importance of addressing the basic material needs of low-income children as part of support services.
“As a father who raised three children in Northern California, I know how important good public education programs are for our local families,” McNerney said. “K to College’s partnership with Huawei Technologies is an excellent example of how the public and private sectors can work together to support our community.”
K to College is a nonprofit organization that operates the largest free school and dental supply program for underprivileged students in California. Huawei has also partnered with K to College in Santa Clara and San Diego.
“While the need in the valley is just as immediate as many urban areas, there are unfortunately often fewer resources” said Delgado-Olson, Executive Director of K to College. “That is why we are particularly grateful to Huawei for championing this effort and we hope it leads to the same sustainable model achieved in other parts of the state.”
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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 has 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.
Replicating the successful model of regional food banks, K to College is building a statewide “Supply Bank” to effectively and efficiently address the material needs of California’s disadvantaged children and youth. Similar to how food banks work with farmers, government agencies and others to efficiently distribute food to alleviate hunger, K to College works with manufacturers, school districts, and social service agencies to distribute basic materials to alleviate kids’ material needs. By working with a sympathetic network of manufacturers and buying supplies direct, coordinating streamlined assemblies of the materials into kits, and distributing to at-risk kids through partnering school districts, the organization is working to systematically ensure that every child receives the materials they need.
K to College’s school supply kits contains back-to-school essentials like paper, pencils, art supplies, a dental hygiene kit and a whiteboard.