Thousands of students are heading back to school better prepared for success thanks to SDCCU Stuff the Bus

School-supply drive collected more than 6,400 backpacks and over 215,000 supplies for students in San Diego experiencing homelessness

SDCCU® Stuff the Bus, held in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and iHeartMedia radio stations, yielded more than 6,400 backpacks and over 215,000 school supplies for students as they headed back to school this year. The SDCCU School Bus was on tour with Channel 933, Star 94.1, JAM’N 95.7 and KOGO AM 600 this summer making various stops to collect supplies. The community was also encouraged to drop off supplies at several participating locations, as well as any of SDCCU’s convenient San Diego County branch locations!

“We thank everyone who donated supplies for this year’s SDCCU Stuff the Bus and are in awe due to the overwhelming response of support. We collected a record number of backpacks, which will help set up thousands of students experiencing homelessness in San Diego for success in the new school year,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck.

“As a parent myself and a longtime educator, I know the power of giving a child high-quality school supplies to kick-off the school year,” said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. “Thanks to the San Diego County Credit Union®, our Homeless Education Services team, and the generosity of the community, thousands of our local students will start the year ready to learn and succeed. An initiative like Stuff the Bus takes months of planning and hundreds of hours of hands-on time to pull off. On behalf of the county's 22,000 students experiencing homelessness, I want to thank everyone who participated to make this effort a success.”

SDCCU Stuff the Bus benefited students in San Diego experiencing homelessness. According to the SDCOE, more than 22,000 school-aged children were identified as homeless during the last school year. Homelessness for school-age children can mean living in a shelter, sharing a residence with whole families, living in a car or trailer in San Diego County or sharing a room in an apartment with relatives. Homelessness is not limited to urban, downtown San Diego—it affects suburban school districts all over the county.
“Once again the Stuff the Bus campaign exceeded our expectations! The combined efforts of our extraordinary partners, especially San Diego County Credit Union, have helped us increase the support we provide to students experiencing homelessness countywide,” said Dr. Michelle Lustig, SDCOE’s director of foster youth and homeless education services. “The response to this effort was truly heartwarming, leading to unprecedented results. Our school districts and charter schools will have filled backpacks ready for their students on the first day of school, which enables these vulnerable students to start the school year prepared. The generosity of the community, including local businesses like Vessel and Passion Planner, is astounding!”
In addition to the supply collection, the SDCCU in-branch fundraiser and online collection of donations resulted in a total of $17,715 that the San Diego County Office of Education used to purchase supplies for students.
“We are thrilled with the outpouring of support this year, from all of the donations in stores, at SDCCU branches, and online, to the great partnership with SDCCU, which helped make Stuff the Bus a household name this year,” said Susie Terry, project specialist for Homeless Education Services. “The incredible generosity that went into this year’s campaign means that thousands of students experiencing homelessness are heading back to school ready to learn.”
SDCCU Stuff the Bus was launched in support of the Live Well San Diego initiative. SDCCU, San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, the SDCOE and iHeartMedia are proud Live Well San Diego partners. The County Board of Supervisors launched Live Well San Diego in 2010 with the goal of achieving healthy, safe and thriving communities across the region by partnering with community and city leaders, schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and residents.
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