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

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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A little boy masked holding a colorful backpack
A little boy masked holding a colorful backpack

Students may be counting the days until summer break but Family Giving Tree is busy preparing for the new school year ahead. With the school reopening plans varying from district and county, FGT is still committed to preparing students for learning, whether it happens at home or in a classroom.


In addition to providing backpacks at the beginning of the school year, FGT is continuing our educational support with our Student Restock Program and our School Success Kits. With supplies dwindling and the inability to replenish supplies from a classroom stock due to the spread of COVID, students require additional tools to complete their assignments.


This year our goal is to help 22,000 students prepare to learn with supply-filled backpacks and provide School Success Kits filled with school supplies and health items to keep them healthy during the rest of the school year.

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This past summer looked very different for everyone including Family Giving Tree. With your generosity, over 23,000 students received the necessary tools to participate in their education virtually. In addition to those backpacks, FGT worked to provide over 4,000 emergency education kits to help restock the supplies as students transitioned from the classroom to virtual learning. 

Your donations not only prepared students to learn but they provided a sense of normalcy during a time of uncertainty. Hear from one of our teachers who see the impact of your gift:

“I do home visits with many of my students each year. Some of my students share very small spaces with many other people, and their parents have to prioritize food and shelter over things like school supplies. For these kids, a new backpack or pencil case is a really special thing that can make them feel confident in school. As many of our families walk to school, a broken backpack can be devastating for one of our kids. When I know I can say, “don’t worry, we have one for you,” it makes a huge difference to that child.”

Please note that if you would like to continue supporting FGT, please become a monthly supporter.

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Family Giving Tree's 2020 Back-to-School Drive is well underway, and while it has looked quite different this year, the heart of what we do has not changed. We are still providing backpacks and school supplies to thousands of Bay Area students in need, instilling them with the materials and confidence they need to enter into the new school-year.

For so many students in need, having the basic tools to learn makes all the difference. With 1 in 4 Bay Area children living in poverty, the need is great. Through your help, we will support over 22,000 students.  

As the school-year begins once again, we are in the midst of distributing supply-filled backpacks to over 120 partner schools. Not only are we empowering students to learn, but we are ensuring that families don't have to make the difficult choice between putting food on the table or providing their children with school supplies. 

Thank you for coming alongside Family Giving Tree to impact the journeys of thousands of students. When we pass along a backpack, we are passing along hope for the future and confidence to take on the present.

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While most of us are wondering what the future might hold, we want to assure you that we are continuing to look forward to our Back-to-School Drive and how the community can best support students from low-income families during this unusual period. 

Your generosity means so much, now more than ever as low-income families will be especially hard hit by the changes that will occur in their lives due to the social situation we now face. Through these hard times, we want to let you know how much we appreciate your belief in our mission and the relief it brings to families. 

In keeping with State directives, we have suspended all group activities for the foreseeable future and are planning contingencies to work within any further disruptions to normal operations. To that end, we want to let you know that the Back-to-School Drive will occur, but at this point, we can not clearly say in what form. We are grateful to have options and unwavering support on many fronts and will keep you informed as we all strive to adapt. 

Thank you for your understanding, and we appreciate your questions and concerns about Family Giving Tree’s continued work on behalf of those most in need. By banding together, we can still have a positive effect on those who are helplessly at the mercy of these uncertain times.

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Location: Milpitas, CA - USA
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Amelia Johnson
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