Equipped4Success Supply Drive Kicks Off

Courtesy Alameda Boys & Girls Club &nbsp&nbsp Students from the Alameda Boys & Girls Club show off their backpacks from the 2018 drive.

Equipped4Success Supply Drive Kicks Off

The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) announced the launch of its annual “Equipped 4 Success” school supply drive earlier this week. The drive supports low-income Alameda students by providing them with new backpacks and quality school supplies. Community members may support the drive through financial donations or by donating new backpacks and school supplies.

“Cash donations enable us to take advantage of bulk orders and price breaks to get the most bang for the buck,” said AEF Executive Director Vicki Sedlack. “In fact, while the average family spends more than $100 per child on school supplies, we are able to support an elementary student for $30 and a middle or high school student for $40.” Donations may be made via the foundation’s website at www.alamedaeducation.org or by mailing a check to PO Box 1363, Alameda, CA 94501. A complete list of accepted supplies may also be found on the website. 

In-kind donations of new backpacks and school supplies can be made starting tomorrow, Friday, July 12, through Friday, Aug. 2, at Alameda Fire Station No. 2, 635 Pacific Ave., Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park St. or Coffee and Tea Traders, 883 Island Dr.

Alameda South Shore Center will be holding “Summer Beats” concerts on Saturdays: July 13, 20, and 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. where AEF will sell concessions to support the drive. 

On Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, Alameda Police Department will host “Cram the Cruiser” outside Office Max at South Shore. Donors may purchase supplies in the store and then stuff as much as possible into the police car. 

On Wednesday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, Bank of Marin at South Shore will host a “Shred Day” when donors can bring sensitive documents to be shredded in exchange for a monetary or in-kind donation of school supplies.  

Since 2012, AEF has supported more than 6,000 Alameda low-income students with quality, age-appropriate backpacks and school supplies. This year, AEF has identified more than 800 students as needing help. 

AEF works with community partners to reach students who are most in need, including the McKinney-Vento homeless program of Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Boys and Girls Club, Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Head Start, Girls Inc. of the Island City, Operation Dignity, School Based Health Clinics and the Woodstock Child Development Center.