Educational Services Division
Media Coverage about Write-Start
KSBW Channel 8 News update on Stuff the Bus, August 11, 2012
Santa Cruz Sentinel article on Backpack Program, published on July 18, 2012
KSBW Channel 8 News on Backpack Program, July 19, 2012
Getting Ready for School: Write-Start Backpack Project Update
On Saturday, August 11th, the "Stuff the Bus" Event collected close to 300 backpacks and a variety of school supplies. Community sponsors that have contributed this year to the Write-Start Backpack Project include The United Way of Santa Cruz County, Palace Art & Office Supply, Bay Federal Credit Union, Driscollís Berries, MTS Training Academy, Santa Cruz County Bank, and the Aptos United Methodist Church, who donated 32 high school backpacks filled with all the necessary school supplies, and Costco-Santa Cruz, who donated 200 backpacks filled with school supplies. Volunteers from United Way of Santa Cruz County, Driscollís Berries, and Bay Federal Credit Union helped fill the donated backpacks and then stuffed the school bus with the collected donations.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the Write-Start Backpack Project!
Families began picking up their backpacks on Tuesday, August 14th. The joy on the childrenís faces when they see their backpacks is indescribable. We have so far assisted over 130 families and 8 local agencies that support needy families in Santa Cruz County. We hope to serve more children with the support of our community!
Although we are far from reaching this yearís goal of 1000 backpacks, itís not too late to help us get there! We are still accepting donations. Cash donations can be made through our PayPal account or by mailing a check to "Students in Transition" c/o the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. If you would like to donate backpacks or school supplies, please drop them off at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, 400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, or make arrangements to have your donation picked up by calling 831.466.5710.
Write-Start Project Kicked off July 23, 2012
Write-Start Backpack Project is in its 23rd year of gathering school supplies and backpacks for needy school children. Since its inception in 1989 we have provided over 24,600 backpacks to Santa Cruz County students. Each year the community and local businesses have supported the Write-Start Project. Recently, our local Girl Scout Juniors troop completed a leadership service project by running a book donation drive. They raised over 1600 books from the following locations: St. Josephís and Resurrection churches and Good Shepherd Catholic School. All books were donated to serve homeless and needy children.
From left to right: Olivia Knapp, Katie Knapp, Anna DeFrancesco, Natalia Zamora-Ruiz, Elizabeth Armstrong, and Ryann Liljenstolpe
The Write-Start Project works together with the United Way Santa Cruz. The scope of our project is made possible by the excellent media coverage from the Register Pajaronian, Mid-County Post, Good Times,Santa Cruz Sentinel and KSBW television.
Donate to Student Support Services
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.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout the years! If you need a backpack for your child, please call Nohemi at (831) 466-5710.
Our major Write-Start donation drive is during July and August to prepare students for school. However, SIT accepts the following donations throughout the year:
- Santa Cruz Metro bus passes (kids canít 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
- Color crayons
- Colored pencils
- Color markers
- Glue sticks
- Shoe gift certificates
- Clothing gift certificates
- Cash donations also accepted
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.