VALLEJO (KCBS)— Teachers in Vallejo are starting to become known for their generosity in helping students. This week an estimated 2,000 students are getting free school supplies.

Bags of pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks and crayons are among the items being distributed to kids in the Vallejo City Unified School District. The president of the Vallejo Education Association Christal Watts said oftentimes, low-income parents simply cannot afford the supplies.

“We have students who often come to school without any school supplies and so this is one of the ways that we tell our teachers that we can help our students and our families,” she said.

Watts, who helped start this effort five years ago, said the district is getting a reputation for its charitable efforts and now other districts from throughout the state want to know how to do what Vallejo is doing.

“They’re kind of asking us ‘How do we get this effort started in our own community?’ so I’m really excited about what we’re doing,” she said.

The Vallejo Education Association spent nearly $10,000 on its community outreach project this year. The giveaway ends on Thursday at the JFK Library in downtown Vallejo.

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