Nonprofits kick off school supply drive

Nonprofits kick off school supply drive

Alamedan Staff

Tanyah Smith shows off her backpack from 2014’s Equipped 4 Success school supply drive. Photo courtesy of Alameda Point Collaborative.

The Alameda Education Foundation and a list of other local nonprofits have kicked off their annual Equipped 4 Success backpack and school supply donation drive.

The goal of the supply drive is to provide homeless, formerly homeless and very low income Alameda students with backpacks filled with grade-appropriate supplies for the coming school year, which begins at the end of August.

Once collected, the supplies are distributed to students served by a school district program for homeless families, the Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Boys & Girls Club and other organizations. In 2014, the foundation and its partners collected and filled more than 1,000 backpacks for local students.

“Our goal is to ensure that homeless, formerly homeless and very low income kindergarten to 12th grade students have the supplies they need to be ready to learn on the first day of school,” foundation board president Bill Sonneman said.

The foundation is accepting donations of cash and supplies; cash donations, which enable the foundation to take advantage of bulk pricing for supplies, can be made online or by sending a check to the Alameda Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, Calif. 94502, with "E4S' or "school supply drive" in the memo line.

In August, donation barrels for supplies will be set up around town; a list of locations will be posted on the foundation's website. A list of school supply items the foundation and its partners are seeking is posted on the website.

The program's partners will also be selling beverages and raffle tickets to support it at Alameda South Shore Center's Summer Beats concerts, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18, August 1, August 15 and August 29.