Speaker John A. Pérez Helps Students Kick Off New School Year With School Supplies Giveaway and Campus Beautification
UCLA Volunteers, K to College Non-Profit Team Up With Speaker Pérez to Give Away $45,000 Worth of Essential School Supplies While Beautifying Utah Street Elementary School
LOS ANGELES, California – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) helped kick off the school year yesterday at the Utah Street Elementary School, along with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, 100 UCLA student volunteers and the K to College non-profit organization to beautify the elementary school while dispensing over $45,000 worth of essential school supplies to about 500 students in the area.
The event at Utah Street Elementary was a partnership among Speaker Pérez, K to College and UCLA’s Volunteer Day program and stands as part of a larger school supply and volunteer activism effort throughout the 46th Assembly District and Los Angeles. Along with providing bags of school supplies for all students, volunteers handed out dental kits and participated in arts and crafts with the students.
“I am delighted to have been a part of this event that has helped hundreds of children in our community prepare for the school year,” said Speaker Perez. “It ensures that they start off the year with a positive attitude and an excitement to learn. As the future of California, every young kid deserves the opportunity to succeed at school. I am very proud of the work done today by the UCLA volunteers, Chancellor Block, Councilmember Huizar and K to College, and I hope others follow in their example.”
UCLA’s Volunteer Day 2012 marked the fourth annual event of its kind, during which all new incoming students participated in a day of service. About 5,000 students in total volunteered their services throughout Southern California.
K to College, founded in 2008 by a group of UC Berkeley students and alumni, is a non-profit public benefit corporation whose school supply and dental kit initiatives are the largest efforts of their kind in the United States, providing essential resources to tens of thousands of students.