September 20, 2011
LOS ANGELES – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) rang in the new school year by joining with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, 300 UCLA student volunteers and the K to College non-profit organization to beautify Breed Street Elementary while dispensing over $45,000 worth of school supplies.
The event at Breed Street Elementary was a partnership between Speaker Pérez, K to College and UCLA’s Volunteer Day program and stands as part of a larger school supply and volunteer activism effort throughout the 46th Assembly District and Los Angeles. Along with providing bags of school supplies for all students that accounted for over $45,000 in funding, volunteers painted murals and benches on the school grounds and planted flowers in front of the school.
“I am delighted to participate in this event that will give so many students the right start for the school year. Not only will they receive the right supplies to be successful, but the day’s events will help ensure that they start off the school year with enthusiasm and a positive spirit,” Speaker Pérez said. “Today’s students are the workforce of tomorrow, and we need to ensure that every student in California has the right start to give them the opportunity to succeed.”
UCLA’s Volunteer Day 2011 marked the third annual event of its kind, during which all new incoming students, accounting for close to 6,800 volunteers, plus another 1,100 staff members, faculty, alumni, upperclassmen and other volunteers, participated in a day of service at 27 school and other sites throughout Los Angeles.
“We want UCLA Volunteer Day to help encourage every Bruin to make a life-long commitment to service, but we’re fortunate that a majority of our students, staff, faculty and alumni already share a passion for helping others,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. “Giving back is our responsibility as a public university and a common value throughout the UCLA family.”
K to College, founded in 2008 by a group of UC Berkeley students and alumni, is a non-profit public benefit corporation whose school supply and dental kit initiatives are the largest efforts of their kind in the United States, providing essential resources to tens of thousands of students.
“I am thrilled to be able to join with Speaker Pérez and Chancellor Block to make a difference here today,” Executive Director of K to College Benito Delgado-Olson said. “We have always been committed to providing the tangible resources that students need to help them along the path to success, and we hope to continue to work with the Speaker to bring those resources to the Los Angeles community.”