May 1, 2015

Sparking the Love of Reading

Sparking the joy of learning
Sparking the joy of learning

We are so grateful for your support that enables us to provide low-income students with the tools they need to excel in the classroom. Thanks to your donation, you are able to inspire the joy of learning and give low-income students the foundational building blocks of education to build a brighter future. A challenge we face each year is getting enough books in our kindergarten through 5th grade backpacks.

Traditionally, many don’t think of reading as a STEM skill but studies show that low-income students are 2 years behind their affluent peers in reading and math skills by 3rd grade. And early reading skills have been marked as an indicator for future successes in STEM subjects. This achievement gap is yet another barrier to breaking the cycle of poverty. Lisa Mackintosh, a 5th grade teacher at Washington Elementary, knows firsthand the importance of having fluent readers, “When children cannot read, it affects everything, like math. You might think it’s just numbers, but [math] involves a lot of reading. If they struggle to read, they will struggle with math”.

As a part of our Back-to-School Drive for 2015, we are addressing this through our Books for Backpacks campaign during Silicon Valley Gives on May 5th and continuing May 6th through June 15thon Classy. To join the conversation follow us at @FGTTweets on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

The love of learning begins with one book
The love of learning begins with one book
Jan 29, 2015

Our Biggest Drive Yet!

The face of joy!
The face of joy!

The holidays are over but your generosity is the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks to you, we had our most successful Holiday Wish Drive to date! Your generosity delivered joy to 71,600 low-income Bay Area children; a 5%increase from 2013. The happy memories these children have of this holiday season are all because you decided to donate and fulfill their wishes.

At Peninsula Family Services, we were able to talk to some of the children who were the recipients of your generosity. We asked, “If you could say anything to the person who gave you this gift what would you say?” They were overjoyed and wanted to give you special messages of “Happy Holidays!” “Merry Christmas!” and “Thank you for being such a good person!”

Thank you for making all this joy possible. The pictures here are a tiny sample of the distribution that we were able to capture amid the cheerful chaos. If a picture is worth a thousand words, these are worth its weight in gold.

Pure joy of the holidays
Pure joy of the holidays
Jan 29, 2015

The Struggle Continues for Low-Income Children

One backpack can make a big difference
One backpack can make a big difference

The end of January means students have made it through half of the school year but have their supplies? Many low-income students have already run out of the supplies needed to succeed in class or do homework. For these students, running out of paper and pencils means they once again struggle to participate in the classroom. Imagine not having the tools needed to complete the work asked of you and having no way of being able to change that. You can be that change.

Cesar, a 5th grader from Clyde Arbukle Elementary shares the difference you make. “Thank you for the backpack because my parents do not have money. It is a help to my family. Thank you for helping me and other students.”

So many students still need your help. Your donation equips students in need with the tools for continued success in the classroom and beyond. Let’s make a new year’s resolution to continue to help break the cycle of poverty through education.

The resources needed to succeed in the classroom
The resources needed to succeed in the classroom
 
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