A new school year is approaching. As students get ready to say goodbye to their classmates and hello to summer, our team at Family Giving Tree is gearing up for our 25th Annual Back-to-School Drive. We want to make this upcoming school year better than the last for students in our community.
You might be wondering, “why is it important for the upcoming school year to be better than the last?” After such a challenging year for students learning from home and not being able to see their classmates, we want them to not only feel prepared when they return to in-person learning, but excited, brave, and ready to take on a new year. For some students, distance learning was easy and they succeeded in their studies. For others, it might have been a different experience. In an article by SFGate, teachers, students, parents, and others submitted their honest answers about distance learning. After reading their responses, you find that many students experienced depression and anxiety, ultimately affecting their performance in school. It is heartbreaking to hear what these students, at such a young age, were experiencing during the pandemic. This is why the upcoming school year matters so much to us. We want students to feel hopeful and ready to start a brand new chapter, leaving the exhausting and challenging year behind. A new season is ahead, especially for our Bay Area grads as they begin middle school or high school. It is a time to get back in action, be excited about learning new things, a time to make new friends or say hello to old friends and teachers on campus. It is time for them to make a comeback and face the new changes of in-person learning head-on with a positive attitude and the right equipment.
This year, our goal is to help 23,500 students. Each student we serve will receive a brand new backpack with supplies that aid in STEAM learning. We will also be distributing 22,000 Essential Health Kits to keep students safe and healthy throughout the school year. By teaming up with local schools and agencies, we are able to help students from households facing financial hardships who qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program. There are approximately 350,000 students eligible for the program. (That is enough people to fill AT&T Park 9 1/2 times!) These students are located within 11 Bay Area counties including, Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma. We work with hundreds of schools and agencies to serve as many students as we can.
The students in our community deserve to feel prepared and ready to thrive as they return to school. Would you join us to make this the greatest Backpack Comeback ever? From volunteering, donating, to becoming a Drive Leader or sponsor, there are many ways for you to get involved. Visit this page to learn more about how you can join the 2021 Backpack Comeback or send an email to [email protected] today. We hope that you join us this year!