Sacramento School Kids Receive $18,000 of School Supplies Courtesy of Unique Partnership and Hundreds of Local Volunteers
SACRAMENTO, California – Today 270 happy kids at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School received $18,000 worth of school supply and dental 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 Sacramento area 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.
Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy helped to hand out the donated supplies to the school’s students, while also taking the opportunity to remind them about the importance of education. “As a former Sacramento Unified Board Member and a longtime advocate for Sacramento’s low-income communities, I welcome Target’s and K to College’s continued work to support those in need,” said Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy. “K to College’s partnership with Target is an excellent example of how the public and private sectors can work together to support our community.”
Since 2010, K to College has distributed school supply kits and dental supply kits to more than 2,000 disadvantaged kids in Sacramento County and to hundreds of thousands more throughout the state. In 2015, thanks to
contributions from Target and other sources, K to College will be able to assist at least 2,000 disadvantaged kids throughout the County. Most of those served this fall will be homeless children and youth, the population most in need of basic materials like school supplies.
“It means so much to our school and our community to receive this wonderful donation for our students,” said Susan B. Anthony Elementary Principal Lynne Ruvalcaba. “Nearly every one of our school’s students receives free school lunches and many of our families struggle to afford the basic supplies they need for class. We are grateful for this wonderful gift from Target and K to College.”
K to College has an innovative, efficient approach to providing basic materials to kids in need. By providing many thousands of
school supply kits and dental kits each year, 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 other nonprofit agencies. The result is an ability to provide a school supply kit containing $65-70 of supplies at approximately one-third of the cost
K to College’s school supply kits contain back-to-school essentials like paper, pencils, art supplies, a dental hygiene kit and a whiteboard. This year K to College will donate materials to several tens of thousands of disadvantaged children and youth throughout California.