The Drive for Success Project collects backpacks, school supplies, books and non-perishable food from individuals, businesses, retailers, and organizations throughout San Diego County, and distributes them free of charge to students experiencing who are enrolled in public schools throughout San Diego. Since The Drive for Success Project began serving San Diego students in 2009, over 7,000 students have received backpacks, school supplies, and books.
Feed The Children, United Way, , Macy’s, North County Community Services, and the are vamping up to help homeless students in San Diego, California by working with The San Diego County Office of Education, Foster Youth and Homeless Education Services Program (SDCOE, FY/HESP) with the annual Drive for Success Project. SDCOE, FY/HESP is rolling out its Drive for Success Project once again this summer, starting July 1, 2011 through August 3, 2011.
It is a project that provides free school supplies, backpacks, books, and non-perishable food to homeless students who otherwise couldn't afford them.
In 2011/2012 The San Diego County Office of Education, Foster Youth & Homeless Education Services Program (SDCOE, FY/HESP) expects to serve 13,000 homeless students through its summer Drive for Success Project in San Diego. Designated School District Homeless Liaisons are expected to identify students and determine their own need for their homeless student population according to data reported to the California Department of Education.
“The backpack and supplies help students to fit in right away and ready to start class. Students will be able to start school more organized and prepared,” said Sophie Lor, SDCOE FY/HESP Project Specialist. “By pooling resources, reaching out to local individuals and working with generous businesses and organization, The Drive for Success Project can help students feel successful & prepared on the first day of school and carry a winning attitude throughout the year.”
To make a donation to The Drive for Success Project, simply obtain a wish list of school supplies, (available online at www.sdcoe.net, enter Drive for Success in the search box), and drop the donation off at one of the participating locations. The nearest location in Santee is California Coast Credit Union.