September means the end of summer fun and the start of a new school year. And for over 26,000 Bay Area students, it means entering the classroom confident and prepared to learn.
Backpacks filled with school supplies do more than prepare students for a new year of learning. They provide confidence, boost self-esteem, and ease the financial stresses for families working multiple jobs to pay the increased rent prices and buy groceries.
A local teacher observes what your donations do in our community. “It warms my heart when the first day of school begins and I see our schoolers come onto campus with new backpacks. I know our scholars and their families appreciate the support to get a solid start to the school year.”
Thank you for making the start of school easier for our community’s families.
How is an egg shortage related to a backpack filled with school supplies? It’s a weird connection, but trust me that it is. With the supply of everyday items becoming less consistently available, the prices per item have increased. And it’s not just eggs. Gas per gallon, fresh produce, and rent have increased prices.
When these essential items become more expensive, budgets are strained even further. This is where the backpacks come in. The choice seems impossible when the decision between backpacks and school supplies is weighed against food, gas, and rent.
Family Giving Tree recognizes how equally important backpacks and school supplies are to Bay Area children as food and housing, and the financial burden that is alleviated when those things are provided for. When kids feel prepared to learn, their confidence soars and sparks a passion for learning. This year our Back-to-School Drive hopes to provide backpacks filled with grade-appropriate supplies to 28,000 Bay Area students. Your support will help them rise to new academic heights!
In the shadow of the successes in Silicon Valley, we see a different reality. One in three children lives below the poverty line in California, with over 258,000 residing in the Bay Area alone. Coupled with the recent layoffs and unemployment statistics, the loss of income takes a tremendous toll on families struggling to pay rent and buy groceries or gas.
Now more than ever, Family Giving Tree’s Back-to-School Drive provides a critical solution to students. Essential school supplies provide them with what they need to do homework and participate in class. It also provides confidence in knowing they have what they need to succeed.
“Kids continue to walk around school with pride, carrying their backpacks. The supplies inside were incredible. We at Weller are so thankful for your organization and all that you do to support the community.” -Principal, Joseph Weller Elementary.
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