Huawei Technologies Partners to Donate Much Needed School Supplies to More than 250 Pescadero Students

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[September 1, 2016] Pescadero, California – More than 250 students in La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District received a helping hand thanks to local leaders and a dozen volunteers from Huawei Technologies, which has been partnering with the nonprofit K to College for the past five years to address the unmet material needs of low-income kids. Each student received a school supply kit and dental kit valued at $65. The event included the Office of local Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, the Office of Assemblymember Rich Gordon, La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District Superintendent Amy Wooliever, Huawei Technologies Senior Director of Media Lab Planning and K to College staff.

This event was part of a renewed push to reach low-income rural communities throughout the Bay Area. Previous collaborations with Huawei Technologies reached San Joaquin County and other rural parts of the Bay Area. “I am grateful to K to College, Huawei and their volunteers for supporting the students of Pescadero Unified by ensuring that every child is fully equipped with the materials they need and enters the classroom ready to learn,” said Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is one of the leaders in the House advocating for the full reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is the primary federal law for funding K-12 education across the country.

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Twelve volunteers from Huawei Technologies’ Santa Clara office helped to assemble and hand out the supplies to the school’s students. “We believe that children of all backgrounds deserve the chance to succeed,” said Alison Jenkin, Huawei’s Senior Director of Government & Public Affairs. “Huawei is committed to giving back to the community and investing in our future workforce.” Through their partnership with K to College during the last 5 years, Huawei Technologies has provided school supplies and dental kits to more than 50,000 students enrolled throughout Silicon Valley and Southern California. This partnership initially brought K to College’s programs into the South Bay and San Diego, and continues to catalyze K to College’s expansion to rural communities like Pescadero throughout the state.

This effort exemplifies how collaborations with public and private partners allow K to College to address the unmet material needs of students across the state. The donated school supply kits included items such as white boards, binders, paper, writing utensils, art supplies and other materials. The dental kits included toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, sand-timers, and a bilingual pamphlet about proper oral hygiene. “This is a tremendous step forward for public school children in Pescadero,” said Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director of K to College. “We are most grateful to Congresswoman Eshoo, Huawei, the school district and all involved for their role in making this vision a reality. The challenge for us will be to take this success and apply it to other children and youth in need elsewhere, particularly the state’s 300,000 homeless children and youth.”

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About K to College:
K to College, founded in 2008 by a group of UC Berkeley students and alumni, is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that models the approach of food banks to address the unmet material needs of homeless and other low-income kids, serving tens of thousands of disadvantaged kids each year. By leveraging public and private partnerships and economies of scale, the program can produce up to a three dollar benefit for every dollar invested. The organization’s vision is to ensure that all children have the basic materials they need to develop, learn and thrive. From 2010-2015, K to College has distributed more than $20,500,000 of grade-appropriate school and dental supply kits to more than 350,000 students throughout California. In an effort to target public school students identified as homeless and others enrolled in the subsidized lunch program, K to College partners directly with school districts to help mass distribute supplies and reach those most in need. For more information, visit www.ktocollege.org.

About Huawei: Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with the vision to enrich life through communication. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives our customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 150,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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