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2015 Write-Start Backpack Project Kick-Off

Project Write-Start kicks off its 26th year in collecting and distributing new backpacks and school supplies for homeless and low-income students.

Write-Start Project Poster 2015

Collection of donations has started strong this year with a total collection of over 1,800 backpacks thus far. And thank you to Feed the Children, a non-profit relief organization, which donated 360 backpacks all filled with school supplies! With a need of over 4,300 students in need to serve, we are off to a great start!

pile of new backpacks for school

Please join us in our partnership effort with Santa Cruz United Way to "Stuff the Bus" on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10am-2pm at Target (41st Ave) 2nd level garage. An actual school bus will be on site to collect donations of new backpacks and school supplies.

Distribution of backpacks is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 11th. Backpacks will be distributed directly to students. With the support of local community agencies and local districts the Write-Start Backpack Project will maximize its distribution efforts before the 2015-16 school year begins.

With the continued high need the Write-Start Project will be collecting donations year round in efforts to fulfill the educational needs of homeless and low-income students.

Donate to Student Support Services
Write-Start Project

There is never enough funding to provide 100% of the needy students in Santa Cruz County with the services they deserve. Now you can make an online donation for one of our programs! Online donations through PayPal are fast, secure, and your donation goes directly to services for Santa Cruz County youth.

All donations made to Student Support Services must be accepted by the County Board of Education. Once your donation has been reviewed and accepted, we will notify and thank you by mail. This process may take 4-6 weeks.

Currently, we are in need of the following items:

  • Santa Cruz Metro bus passes (kids can't learn if they cannot get to school)
  • Large backpacks for High School Students - no red or blue
  • 3 ring binders 1 1/2 or 2 inches
  • Binder paper
  • Spiral bound notebooks
  • Rulers
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Color crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Color markers
  • Calculators
  • Glue sticks
  • Shoe gift certificates
  • Clothing gift certificates
  • Cash donations also accepted or donate online using PayPal!

All items may be dropped off or mailed to:
Students in Transition
Attn: Nohemi Macias
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Please make checks payable to Students in Transition.
If you have any questions, please call Nohemi Macias at (831)466-5710

Stuff the Bus 2014

Santa Cruz County Office of Education  |  400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  |  831.466.5600  |  Fax: 831.466.5607
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