October 19-20, 2015 - Vallejo Education Association members distribute much-needed school supplies to hundreds of the community's children
It’s called “Helping Hands” and it’s a community outreach project that Vallejo families have come to depend on.
To give back to their community and the children they teach, members of the union representing educators in the Vallejo City Unified School District in Solano County spent two full afternoons this week providing much-needed school supplies to hundreds of their students.
Vallejo Education Association has done this for seven years in a row now and will keep the tradition alive in years to come as well, says VEA President Sheila Gradwohl.
"As educators, we understand and appreciate that investing in our students and schools means investing in our community’s future,” Gradwohl says. “We are proud of this tradition that’s about giving back and providing extra help by giving school supplies to help our kids succeed in our classrooms.”
Teachers distributed free pens, pencils, notebooks, coloring pencils, crayons, erasers and bookmarks at two locations in town. In addition, as in previous years, the Vallejo Friends of the Library donated several hundred books for students to take home and enjoy.