In Campbell, various community organizations and elected officials stepped in and gave 225 students within Campbell Union and Moreland school districts brand new backpacks filled with school supplies.
California Assemblyman Paul Fong and Campbell Mayor Evan Low, in collaboration with the Campbell Union School District and the Moreland School District, hosted a back-to-school backpack giveaway Friday.
"A big thank you to Assemblyman Paul Fong, Campbell Mayor Evan Low and community sponsors for donating backpacks to Anderson families," says Tasha Quinonez, Principal at Anderson Elementary School in the Moreland School District. "The parents appreciate it, the kids appreciate it. Moreland is fortunate to be surrounded by such a great community."
Backpacks were filled with pens, pencils, crayons,notebooks, calculators and many other items were distributed to underserved students in the 28th Assembly District on Aug. 2.
"It's always exciting to see the community want to give to children to promote education and making sure they’re getting what they need to have a successful school year," Quinonez says. "I think when you hold these types of events, you are giving to the youth, and that’s a great thing because they are the future and we are saying that we believe in the youth of the Bay Area and making sure that they have what they need."
Along with Fong and Low, the following organizations also made the backpack giveaway possible:
- the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Northwest Region
- Campbell United Methodist Church
- Campbell Police Department
- Community Christian Church
- Healthier Kids Foundation
- Robson Homes
- San Jose Police Department
“I’m so proud that our community came together to help our students kick off the new school year on the right foot with these much needed supplies,” said Assemblyman Fong. “With the generosity of our community partners, we were able to give away more than 225 backpacks. This is just one example of the impact we can make as a community when we come together to support our students and their families.
“Education is one of my top priorities because our students today will be the workforce of tomorrow. These supplies will be tools for our students as they learn math, reading, writing and other important subjects in school and be successful in the classroom and in the future,” he said.
The backpacks were distributed at two locations: Anderson Elementary School in the Moreland School District as well as Capri Elementary School in the Campbell Union School District.