K to College Continues Work in San Francisco, Serving 12,000+ More Students

Target Sheridan Elementary

San Francisco School Kids Receive $17,000 of School Supplies Courtesy of Unique Partnership and Hundreds of Volunteers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Today 250 happy kids at Sheridan Elementary School received $17,000 worth of school supply kits and early learning pre-K kits as part of a charitable event sponsored by Target and the nonprofit organization K to College. The kits were assembled last month by hundreds of volunteers as part of K to College’s statewide effort to engage thousands of volunteers to provide basic materials to homeless and other impoverished children.

Former San Francisco Supervisor and current Assemblymember David Chiu teamed up with San Francisco Unified Superintendent Richard Carranza and a dozen Target volunteers to distribute the donated supplies to the school’s students. Both guests spoke to the school about the importance of education and ensuring that pre-K children receive basic materials like those included in K to College’s early learning kits.

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Target Sheridan Elementary

Target Representative Speaks To Sheridan Elementary Students

“One of my top priorities in Sacramento is ensuring that all California families have access to affordable, high-quality preschool and transitional kindergarten programs,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “By providing backpacks filled with books, art supplies and other essential developmental materials, K to College is helping to ensure all children can access a high-quality preschool experience. I applaud their work in supporting thousands of San Francisco’s kids.”

During the past five years, K to College has distributed more than 50,000 school supply and dental kits to San Francisco kids, totaling more than $3 million dollars’ worth of materials. This school-year, the organization provided school supply kits, oral hygiene kits and early learning kits to more than 12,000 low-income children throughout the city, focusing on homeless children where possible. This fall, thanks to contributions from Target and other sources, K to College will be able to assist at least 20,000 more disadvantaged kids throughout the Bay Area. This will include providing thousands of early learning kits, which K to College designed with the help of a committee of Bay Area early learning experts to address language/literacy skills, motor skills, cognitive/creative skills and other key forms of development.

“As a member of K to College’s Advisory Board, I’ve watched this organization grow to assist tens of thousands children and youth,” remarked Superintendent Carranza. “I’m excited that our students benefit from K to College’s expansion to serve preschool children, and I look forward to seeing K to College provide early learning kits to children throughout the state.”

K to College has an innovative, efficient approach to providing basic materials to kids in need. By serving kids throughout the state, the organization is able to achieve tremendous economies of scale, dramatically reducing costs. Additionally, the organization benefits from in-kind contributions and charitable partnerships with more than 220 other government and nonprofit agencies. The result is an ability to provide each child or youth served by the program with a kit containing $65-70 of basic supplies at approximately one-third of the cost.