It’s that time of year again when kids in the United States are heading back to school, thinking about a fresh start. But not all students will have the tools and supplies necessary to succeed. In order to help provide school supplies to underserved children in the Bay Area, Synopsys once again hosted an annual Back to School Drive in partnership with Family Giving Tree, a nonprofit organization that’s a catalyst between social services agencies serving children in need and host companies in Silicon Valley and the surrounding areas.
The backpack and school supply drive benefits the approximately 325,000 students in the Bay Area who are in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Meal programs. In 2011, Family Giving Tree provided 14,200 backpacks. This year, Family Giving Tree aims to supply 15,000 backpacks, and give more students the opportunity to begin school with all the supplies they need.