Support STEM Education for 1000 Bay Area Children

by The Family Giving Tree
Education cuts hurt Students and Teachers
Education cuts hurt Students and Teachers

Students aren’t the only ones who start the school year without the necessary supplies to thrive in the classroom. With the ever growing class size and shrinking budget cuts to education, teachers often have to pay out of pocket to provide the proper supplies for their students.

This is where Family Giving Tree steps in. Thanks to your generosity, along with providing backpacks filled with school supplies to students in-need, Family Giving Tree also provides the teachers at our partner schools with Teacher Boxes.

These boxes are filled with extra supplies needed to help teachers do their job to prepare their students for the future. Because of you, their job is made all the easier. Thank you!

Supplies are necessary tools for teachers too
Supplies are necessary tools for teachers too
Spark a Love of Learning
Spark a Love of Learning

The final numbers are in for the 2016 Back to School Drive! Thanks to your generosity, over 39,200 local, low-income students went back to school prepared to learn and thrive. For students living in poverty, a backpack filled with school supplies provides opportunities for a bright future.

For students like those at Washington Elementary, a school in Downtown San Jose where 100% of the enrolled population are living in poverty, these backpacks will help spark lifelong passions and ignite an interest in learning.

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. You have made a positive impact in the community.

Washington Elementary Students
Washington Elementary Students
The tools to succeed!
The tools to succeed!

What is the impact of a backpack for the over 354,000 children living in poverty in the Bay Area? It is the confidence to participate in the classroom. It is the ability to finish homework on time. It is the catalyst that sparks the love of learning and lays a firm foundation for a successful future. A 2015 study of 70,000 teachers nationwide found that access to quality school supplies have a significant impact on:

  • Increased interest in learning – 78%
  • Increased class preparedness – 92%
  • Improved self-esteem – 72%

This is where you come in. Through Family Giving Tree’s 2016 Back-to-School Drive, you can give hope to 37,000 local low-income students by giving them access to backpacks filled with the tools needed to thrive in the classroom. You can impact the lives of those most in-need by continuing to invest in their future.

Invest in our future
Invest in our future
Spark a Passion for Reading
Spark a Passion for Reading

Books have a powerful impact on children from an early age, expanding creativity, sparking a lifelong passion of knowledge and aiding in the study of STEM subjects. However, for the one in four children living in poverty in California, books are luxuries that cannot be afforded. With low-income students falling two grade levels behind their peers in reading skills by 3rd grade, not having books comes at a greater cost to our community.

A third grade teacher shares, “ Most [students] don’t own books. They don’t have them at home. They use the small library but it makes a difference when they have ownership and they don’t have to return it. It’s theirs.”

Kicking off our Back-to-School Drive, Family Giving Tree’s Books for Backpacks campaign sparks the love of learning in low-income children by providing a new book in each elementary school backpack. Because of your generosity, you have helped distribute books to over 15,000 low-income elementary students! Thank you!

You can continue to spark the love of learning for low-income students on May 3rd through SV Gives where every donation will provide a new book in an elementary school backpack.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader


Prepared for Success
Prepared for Success

Midway through the year, as students return to their classrooms after a long break, many are returning unprepared with the tools to learn. How can students fully participate in the classroom if not having school supplies is a constant threat to their education? Family Giving Tree understands that poverty is not seasonal.  Listening to the teachers and administrators, we discovered students run out of supplies within the first 6 months of the school year, with teachers attempting to fill the gap with what little supplies they have.

Knowing the needs of those in the community are present year-round, with your generous donations Family Giving Tree works with schools to restock classroom supplies through Teacher Boxes. These boxes filled with extra school supplies will give students the tools needed to participate in the classroom. As one parent from Dorsa, an elementary school we partner with, explained, “Donations are tools for success.” Thank you for your continued support in their future.

Donations are tools for success!
Donations are tools for success!

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The Family Giving Tree

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

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