Summer School-Supply Drive Going Strong

The Alameda Education Foundation has kicked off its annual drive for school supplies to support several hundred Alameda students in need — in cooperation with the Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Boys & Girls Club and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families.

“Our goal is to ensure that all students begin the first day of class in 2012 with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom,” said Bill Sonneman, president of the Alameda Education Foundation.

The groups aim to collect and fill 800 backpacks. Supplies collected through the program – Equipped for Success — will be distributed to low-income students served by the school district’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Program and other programs on the Island.

“All of these organizations working together enables us to broaden the scope and effectiveness of this effort and help ensure all students have the supplies they need on the first day of school,” said Doug Biggs, executive director of Alameda Point Collaborative.

Donations can be dropped off from 5 to 7 p.m. during the free summer concerts at South Shore set for July 21, August 4 and 18, and September 1. In addition to school supplies, donations of musical instruments, picture frames and cash are requested.

For a full list of businesses around the Island collecting supplies, see the organization’s website.

“The Alameda community has a tradition of coming together to help those in need,” said George Phillips, executive director of the Alameda Boys & Girls Club. “We are confident that community members will help its most deserving and vulnerable citizens — its youth.”

Janet Levaux