The average cost for backpacks and school supplies is $100 and can be a burdensome cost to many families. Looking to ease the stress of back-to-school season, Chase, City Heights Partnership for Children, and World Vision partnered last month to pack and distribute 1,200 backpacks for under-resourced students living in City Heights.
The backpacks, loaded with school supplies, were distributed to incoming kindergartners at 10 City Heights elementary schools.
The backpacks were packed with supplies provided by World Vision and assembled by more than 100 Chase employee volunteers.
*More than 90 percent of the students at Joyner Elementary MicroSociety Magnet School are on free or reduced lunch
*38 percent of the residents of City Heights live below the poverty line
*The cost of back-to-school supplies can average up to $100 per child
*Only 28 percent of adults in City Heights ages 25 years and older have a high school diploma, and only 10 percent are college graduates. Getting a good start can help improve those numbers.
About City Heights Partnership for Children
The City Heights Partnership for Children is a community-driven effort of residents, government, nonprofits, business and philanthropy, coming together to strategically align resources and services in order for young people to succeed from cradle to college/career. The vision is to develop a coordinated community-centric network of support to enable City Heights children and youth to succeed and thrive.
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm. Chase serves consumers and businesses in California through more than 960 bank branches. In 2011, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation contributed more than $66 million to nonprofit organizations in California, focusing on community development, education and arts and culture. More information about Chase is available at chase.com.
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world’s poor regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information please visit worldvision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at @worldvisionnews.