California Coast is taking part in the 2014 Drive for Success.
According to America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010, a report from The National Center on Family Homelessness, 1.6 million American children, or one in 45 children, are homeless in a year. For these children, school isn’t always of primary importance. As a result, a majority of these children have limited educational proficiency in math and reading. And, homeless children are eight times more likely to be asked to repeat a grade.
To make sure the more than 20,000 homeless children in San Diego County are prepared for school this fall, California Coast Credit Union is teaming up with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) for the 2014 Drive for Success. Cal Coast branches will collect backpacks and school supplies now through Friday, August 8.
Each of the 19 participating branches will have a uniquely decorated collection box to take in donated items, including: binders, spiral notebooks, binder paper, calculators, color pencils, erasers, flashcards, glue sticks, highlighters, pens, washable markers, notebooks, pencils, folders, rulers, scissors and tape.
“California Coast Credit Union was started by teachers in 1929, so serving the needs of students and the educational community is not only our business, but something we’re passionate about,” said Rene McKee, VP, Marketing & Community Relations. “New backpacks and school supplies will help these children get their school year off on the right foot.”
In 2013, SDCOE’s school supply drive provided nearly 4,000 filled backpacks to homeless school-aged children in 35 school districts around the county.