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Thousands of Low-Income Bay Area Kids Get Free School Supplies

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Federal stimulus money is helping 150,000 low income Bay Area students get bags full of school supplies. The first kits went out in San Francisco Thursday morning.

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Every single student at Bret Hart Elementary School in the city’s Bayview District got a tote bag full of school supplies for free.

The Oakland non-profit K to College put together 150,000 bags for low-income students in San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties.

Bret Hart Principal Vidrale Franklin says that it means a lot to her students, 90 percent of whom are low-income.

”If they have nothing to work with, we can give them all of the books and worksheets and journals that we can, but if they don’t have a pencil they can’t do anything,” said Franklin.

$3.5 Million of the $10 million cost came from federal stimulus money, with the rest funded by company matches.

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