Alameda -- Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan gave a $6,000 check to the Alameda Education Foundation at Maya Lin Elementary School to help provide 1,000 low-income students with a back pack and other essential supplies for the beginning of the school year.
"Equipped 4 Success" is organized by the Alameda Education Foundation and represents the largest school supply drive in the city of Alameda.
"Every child regardless of their family's income should have access to the tools and resources needed to succeed in school," said Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan. "It is a sad state of affairs when our schools do not have the funding to afford the most basic supplies that are integral to learning. We must as community leaders and advocates for our most vulnerable residents work together to strengthen the educational foundation and future of our youth."
The Alameda Education Foundation, which serves as the fiscal sponsor for the community-wide school supply drive, has led the effort since early summer to collect both in-kind and financial donations to outfit 1,000 low-income students from kindergarten through 12th grade with school supplies.
In 2012, 3,770 or 35 percent of Alameda Unified School District students were enrolled in the Free and Reduced-Price Meals program and an estimated 300 students were identified as homeless.