At left: Vallejo Unified teacher Loree Tackmier, transitional kindergarten and childcare director for Vallejo Education Association, with one of the student recipients.
October 14, 2013 – VALLEJO – To help their hard-hit community and the families they teach, members of the union representing educators in the Vallejo City Unified School District will spend three afternoons this week supplying much-needed school supplies and books that the union is donating to 2,000 Vallejo students. The donating starts Monday, making this the fifth year in a row that educators are helping students with free supplies.
“As educators, we understand that investing in our students and schools means investing in our community’s future,” said Christal Watts, president of the Vallejo Education Association (VEA), a chapter of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association. “Even though the economy is getting better, many of the families we serve are still struggling in Vallejo. We are proud of this effort to give back and provide just a little bit of extra help by giving school supplies to help our kids in school.”
Teachers will distribute to students 2,000 bags of pens, pencils, notebooks, coloring pencils, crayons, erasers and bookmarks at four locations in town. In addition, as in previous years, the Vallejo Friends of the Library are donating several hundred books for students to take home and enjoy.
Teachers will also be on hand to talk to parents about upcoming events. The Vallejo Education Association spent nearly $10,000 on its “Helping Hands” community outreach project this year. More information about the union’s work is at www.myvea.org.
All donations will be handed out from 3:30 -6 p.m. at these locations in Vallejo:
• Monday, October 14 -- Omega Boys & Girls Club, One Positive Place, 94589
• Tuesday, October 15 – Springstowne Library, 1003 Oakwood Ave., 94590
• Thursday, October 17 – JFK Library, 505 Santa Clara St., 94590
The Vallejo Education Association is affiliated with the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.