While the coming school year will at least start in a distance-learning environment, local organizations are still providing needed supplies.
Cupertino Rotary is partnering with West Valley Community Services to support a back to school program for low-income households. The effort provides clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies to students in need.
“This project, especially now during the pandemic is all the more reason we need to continue helping and supporting families and children in need,” said John Hirokawa, Cupertino Rotary Youth Services Committee Chair.
According to project organizers, the program is “helping to ensure the leaders of tomorrow – the young people in our community – have the basic tools they need to start the school year off successfully.”
It is open for children between Transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade. Students receive a backpack filled with school supplies and gift cards for clothing and shoes.
The standard program, where a volunteer assists the student in picking out new clothes and supplies, has changed this year. It is now a contactless program, with drop-offs at student’s doors.
“I want to express my deepest gratitude to the Rotary Club of Cupertino Youth and Community Services Committee Members for their continued support of this project,” said Josh Selo, Executive Director at West Valley Community Services.