Alameda Education Foundation says its school-supplies drive for needy students continues through Saturday, August 27. (The first day of school for the Alameda Unified School District in Monday, August 29.)
Residents can help ensure that all students start the year off right by helping to fill 880 backpacks with essential school supplies.
The school supplies that are most needed for the Island’s students are backpacks, pencils, erasers, markers, scissors, pencil cases, spiral notebooks, binder notebooks, binder paper, pocket folders, tab dividers, pens, glue sticks, crayons, protractors, compasses, colored pencils, post-it notes, calculators (for algebra and higher math) and AA batteries for the calculators.
Drop-off locations include: Tucker’s Ice Cream, Bank of Alameda, Alameda Bicycles, Color Me Mine at South Shore Center, and other locations listed here.
Cash donations are also requested, according to AEF. It only takes $4 to purchase a backpack for a needy student, and $15 provides a year’s worth of supplies. (Donations made by check can be sent to AEF “School Supply Drive,” P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, 94501.)
AEF is also accepting musical instruments, which will be collected at South Shore Center during a Songwriters Workshop & Jam Session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., this Saturday, August 27.