Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has become the first statewide corporate sponsor of K to College, providing more than 1,500 low-income students with school supplies and dental kits from the Silicon Valley to San Diego.
“We believe that all students across the globe deserve an equal chance at earning a great education, regardless of their background or where they live,” said Guolin Wang, head of Huawei American R&D Center, based in Santa Clara where the partnership is kicking off.
Like most districts in the state, Santa Clara Unified has seen a dramatic increase in the percentage of their free or reduced price meal eligible students coupled with substantial cuts, making it increasingly difficult to ensure every student has the materials they need to achieve. As Principal Melissa Alatorre-Alnas of Scott Lane Elementary notes, “Even these basics are sometimes out of reach for our struggling families. Our kids and parents want to work hard, learn and achieve. Huawei and K to College’s practical and generous gift will give them the tools and support they need to succeed.”
Children at Scott Lane Elementary School with school supplies
On October 4, 2012, about 25 Huawei employee volunteers distributed a $65-70 grade appropriate school supply and dental kit to all 500 students enrolled at the school. Following this distribution, Huawei will work with K to College to identify additional schools throughout the region and state to bring the benefits of this partnership to as many in-need communities as possible.
Congressman Mike Honda
“During my career as a teacher, principal and school board member, I saw first-hand the impact that inequity in education can have on students and their ability to thrive. This public-private partnership between Huawei and K to College will help to ensure that each and every child in California has the opportunity to succeed, starting right here in Santa Clara. As I recently proposed in my STEM Network Act, public-private partnerships that can expand access to instructional materials are an important investment in our nation’s future, one which will help ensure that today’s students learn the critical thinking and technical skills they will need as tomorrow’s workforce.”