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Speaker Pérez Marks the School Year with School Supply Donations

John A. Pérez

John A. Pérez

Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) got a head-start on the new school year on September 23 with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, 200 UCLA student volunteers and the K to College Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson joined together last week to beautify Leo Politi Elementary School and dispense of over $53,000 worth of school supplies to children in the MacArthur Park, Pico Union and Westlake areas to help them prepare for the coming school year.

The event was a partnership among 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 Southern California.

“Today’s giveaway is about more than just making sure our kids have the best possible start to the school year—although that is certainly a very important goal,” Speaker Pérez said. “Today is about celebrating and honoring our community. Every single one of us will benefit by making sure that students have a quality, decent education—by making sure they have the tools they need to do their work, and that they have a school that they can be proud of.  And each of us—dedicated teachers, hardworking parents, and every member of the community—must be invested in  making sure these students get the support they need to envision excellence and exceed expectations.”

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