Time to Share School Supplies

School Supplies

There are still more than two weeks left of summer for Alameda’s public school students. Volunteers, though, are working to help all pupils have a great start to the new school year and are asking for donations from the community before the kids go back to class.

About 1,000 students need community assistance to be ready to learn, according to the Alameda Education Foundation, which organized the backpack-giveaway program in cooperation with several other non-profit groups. The groups would like to collect a large quantity of needed school supplies by Aug. 12-19, so they can distribute the filled backpacks before school starts. (Donations will be accepted after that deadline, volunteers note.)

“Students need to be ready to go on day one with all the supplies they need,” said Bill Sonneman, president of the Alameda Education Foundation and a former principal, in a press release. “If a student falls behind, they may never catch up.”

AEF is working with Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Head Start, Girls Inc. of the Island City, Alameda Unified School District and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families to assemble, organize and distribute the needed school supplies.

“Low-income families struggle enough just to provide food, shelter and clothing for their children,” said Doug Biggs, executive director of Alameda Point Collaborative, in a statement. “They often lack the resources to buy school supplies, putting their children at risk of falling further behind their more affluent peers.”

Last year, some 900 students received filled backpacks through this program. Cash donations were used to buy 90 graphing calculators for math departments at Alameda high schools.

The following new items are being collected:
Pencils, #2
3 hole punch rulers
Agenda/Student Planners
Binder paper (college ruled)
Binder paper (wide ruled)
Binders (1” hardcover 3-ring)
Crayons (Crayola)
Erasers, pink
Glue – white
Glue sticks
Hand Sanitizer (small bottle)
Highlighter pens
Index cards
Tissue packet(s)
Markers, broad tip
Markers, thin tip
Mechanical Pencils
Notebooks (college-ruled spiral bound, perforated)
Notebooks (wide-ruled spiral bound, perforated)
Pencil Leads
Pencil Sharpener
Pencils, colored
Pens – blue
Pens – red
Pocket Folders
Scissors, adult
Scissors, blunt
Subject dividers
Musical instruments (used okay*)

Some of the larger drop-off locations are:
South Shore Center Court during Summer Beats Concerts–from 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 17 and 31
Alameda Boys & Girls Club 1900 3rd Street
Alameda Municipal Power 2000 Grand Street
Alameda Police Department 1555 Oak Street
Bank of Alameda – Park Street 1416 Park Street
Bank of Alameda – South Shore 2130 Otis Drive
Coffee & Tea Traders 883 Island Drive
Financial Benefits Credit Union 1528 Webster Street
Harbor Bay Club 200 Packet Landing Road
Lilac Boutique 1918 Encinal Avenue
Main Library 1550 Oak Street
Towne Cleaners 2215 South Shore Center #B
Tucker’s Ice Cream 1349 Park Street

Supplies may be dropped off at any of these Park Street businesses from Aug.1–19:
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique 1419 Park Street
Bead Inspirations 1544 Park Street
C&M Upholstery and Fabrics 1211 Park Street
Gallagher & Lindsey 2424 Central Avenue
Julie’s Coffee and Tea 1223 Park Street
Lee Auto (NAPA Auto Parts) 1525 Park Street
Luna Longstockings 1231 #B Park Street
Monkey Bars 1339 Park Street
Park Street Plaza 1419 Park Street
Progressive Education Center 1361 Park Street, Suite 210
Rhythmix Cultural Works 2513 Blanding Avenue
Scott’s Shoes 1330 Park Street #B
Second Home 2524 Santa Clara Avenue
The Child Unique Montessori School 2226 Encinal Avenue
The Clothes Line 1407 1/2 Park Street
The Marketplace 1650 Park Street
The Sewing Room and Style Lounge 2434 Webb Avenue
Tucker’s Ice Cream 1349 Park Street

Financial support also is requested and can be sent to Alameda Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, CA 94501.

Photo Courtesy of Alameda Education Foundation

Janet Levaux