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
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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A trio of smiles and backpacks
A trio of smiles and backpacks

Our 2014 Back-to-School Drive saw massive growth with 32,866 backpacks donated; a 24% increase from 2013. With your generosity, we were able to distribute these backpacks to the students most in need in our community. In the past few weeks we saw thousands of backpacks enter our warehouse and exit in the hands of teachers and school administrators to go make a difference in the lives of low-income Bay Area students.

The best part of what we do at Family Giving Tree is being able to see and share the reactions of teachers and students alike when they receive their brand new backpack. Amanda Kirkpatrick, a 4th grade teacher in San Jose expresses her joy, “This is so great. All week and all day the kids were asking, ‘Is it backpack time? I hope I get red pens; I hope I get pencils.’ They really come in with nothing…It means the world to them to have something that’s theirs. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Seeing the joy on the kids’ faces, like the ones pictured here, makes the hard work all worthwhile. Thank you for your generosity, without which this successful drive would not have been possible.

Pure excitement and joy!
Pure excitement and joy!
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Preparing backpacks is fun!
Preparing backpacks is fun!

Our Back to School Warehouse is open and already backpacks are coming in! Over 600 volunteers of all ages will sort and prepare the backpacks for distribution to over 190 schools and agencies. The more backpacks that come to our warehouse means the more low-income students we are able to help in the community. Our goal this drive is 27,000 backpacks; that's 27,000 local students entering the classroom ready to succeed and take ownership in their learning.

It seems like an ambitious goal, but according to 2012 statistics, there are more than 353,000 students in the Bay Area who qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. It's really just a drop in the bucket. Click here to help equip more low-income students with the tools needed to help break the cycle of poverty. Your donation is going towards making our goal a reality.

Sorting in our warehouse
Sorting in our warehouse

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Excited to be prepared!
Excited to be prepared!

Thank you for your early investment in our children’s future. With 80% of new jobs requiring proficient skills in science, technology, engineering, and math it has become increasingly important that we reduce the barriers to excel in school.  Giving these students the tools they need to do their homework and participate in the classroom gives them the opportunity to succeed and help break the cycle of poverty.

Currently, our staff is collecting requests from schools in need for the coming school year. In August we will distribute the backpacks that we will receive at our warehouse.

As the campaign continues, we wanted to share the impact your donation will have on the students. An elementary school teacher writes, “The students aren’t preoccupied with what they need. They come in with more confidence. The backpacks and school supplies gives them ownership over their learning and that’s a powerful thing.” Thanks for helping provide the tools for our children to thrive in school and pursue their dreams.

Thank you so much!!
Thank you so much!!
Taking ownership over learning
Taking ownership over learning
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A new backpack brings big smiles to a little girl
A new backpack brings big smiles to a little girl

What a great way to jumpstart our 2014 Back to School Drive! Thank you for all of your continued support!

With 80% of jobs created in the next decade requiring STEM skills, these backpacks and supplies which you helped provide can help break the cycle of poverty for children by giving them the tools they need to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

As of today, your donations will help 49 students get ahead of the curve and come into the classroom prepared to learn. According to Geoff Vu from the Roots Academy in Oakland, donations like these “relieve a tremendous burden that no child or family should have to carry”. On behalf of the children we help, thank you!

Our Back to School warehouse opens in the beginning of August. There the backpacks will be stuffed, sorted according to school, and picked up for distribution to the students before the first day of classes for the 2014 school year.

Ready for school
Ready for school
The tools needed to succeed in the classroom
The tools needed to succeed in the classroom
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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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