Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children

by The Family Giving Tree
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Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children
A group of masked children w/ backpacks
A group of masked children w/ backpacks

Backpacks filled with essential school supplies do more than ease strained family budgets. They soothe anxieties and first-day jitters for so many children. An educator at a partner school shares the backpacks' reaction on an entire family.

 

"We had a lot of new students from out of the country and coming here with very little income or no income at all; you can see the relief in their faces when we tell them they don't have to worry about buying anything for them. They even yell out a 'Wow' when they see how pretty they are and that they have color choices." Dalia, Yerba Buena High School.

 

Thank you on behalf of the students and families because of your generosity!

A smiling middle-schooler proudly wearing backpack
A smiling middle-schooler proudly wearing backpack
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A happy girl holding her backpack in the classroom
A happy girl holding her backpack in the classroom

Why backpacks? The average cost of all the essential school supplies including the backpack is $122.

With the increasing pressure inflation has on everyone’s budget, the effects of current events are felt first and hardest by those families we serve in the Bay Area. We know that 2022 will be ever-challenging as families work to meet financial obligations. This cost of living will leave many children feeling unprepared as they walk into school without the essential school supplies.

Your past generosity has helped uplift these young members of our community and shift their mindset to one of possibility. This year our goal is to provide 26,000 Bay Area students with supply-filled backpacks and help them see their potential. You are a crucial partner in Family Giving Tree’s work. Thank you.

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Happy boy with his backpack outside the classroom
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School Success Kits getting distributed
School Success Kits getting distributed

It’s a new year and we are firmly in the second half of the school year with students looking forward to spring and summer break. However, for many, the second half of the school year means something else: not being able to participate in a class or finish school work. 

 

The desire to learn may be infinite but school supplies aren’t. When they run out, students are back at square one and unable to keep up with their classmates. To address this, Family Giving Tree is working with our school partners to create School Success Kits (SSK) to replenish the essential supplies needed for learning. 

 

With your support, we hope to serve 4,000 students with School Success Kits to equip them for learning during the second half of this school year.

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2 girls with their backpacks & making a peace sign
2 girls with their backpacks & making a peace sign

School is underway and thanks to our combined efforts, Family Giving Tree distributed 25,306 supply-filled backpacks! Together we exceeded our goal yet again! For these past couple of years, the Drive has looked very different: fewer people helping in the warehouse at a single time, contactless drop-offs, and the majority of our donations happening via our Virtual Giving Tree. 

But our mission remained the same, to equip young people with the tools they need to participate in school and do assignments and homework. Because of our efforts, 25,306 Bay Area students made a backpack comeback; starting the first day with the confidence to learn and grow. 

Thank you for your support and for investing in the future of our community’s children.

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A lone girl smiling with her backpack in front
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This year is the Backpack Comeback. With the challenges faced this past year, Family Giving Tree is determined to help Bay Area students make this year ‘their year’. Whether children will be back in the classroom or continue learning from home, having the correct school supplies are essential for participating and learning. With the addition of earbuds and extra notebooks, Family Giving Tree works with the teachers to ensure the supplies are exactly what students need.

 

Our goal is to provide 23,500 students with supply-filled backpacks through our partner schools. To achieve this, we are working to ensure the public can safely volunteer their time in our warehouse. Some precautions include smaller volunteer groups, hygiene equipment, social distancing, and the need to show proof of vaccination to work inside the building. 

 

All of these will help keep staff and community members safe while giving back and providing backpacks.

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The Family Giving Tree

Location: Milpitas, CA - USA
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Amelia Johnson
Milpitas, CA United States
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