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.
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.”
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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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