SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA [October 8, 2015] Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins joined twenty volunteers from Huawei Technologies to hand out more than $23,000 of school supplies and dental supplies to more than 350 happy kids at Garfield Elementary School in San Diego. The generous donation was provided by the nonprofit organization K to College, who announced that this year they have provided basic materials like school supplies to children and families in every county in California.
At an assembly of the school’s students, Speaker Atkins spoke to the school about the importance of ensuring that all kids receive basic materials like those included in K to College’s school supply kits and dental kits. “Young people facing poverty and homelessness are dealing with challenges that make it harder for them to concentrate in class and obtain a good education,” said Speaker Atkins. “K to College and their partners help make the lives of these students easier by giving them simple items like paper, pencils, and hygiene supplies that others might take for granted. I was thrilled to join the hundreds of volunteers assembling these kits last spring and it is wonderful now to witness the benefits of this unique public private partnership that gives thousands of San Diego children access to the materials they need to help them succeed in school.”
Twenty volunteers from Huawei Technologies’ San Diego office helped to 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.”
Today’s event was one of many hosted by K to College in San Diego over the past few years. Most recently, in May the organization gathered more than five hundred volunteers at the Scottish Rite Event Center to pack more than 10,000 school supply kits and dental kits. All of those kits were given to homeless children and youth attending California schools, including thousands of San Diego students. K to College’s Founder and Executive Director, Benito Delgado-Olson, emphasized that this program will continue to expand in San Diego and beyond.
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.