Cupertino/Sunnyvale District Chair Mary Combes (left) and Michelle Ma are pictured here with 48 backpacks donated to West Valley Community Services to be distributed to low-income students at the beginning of the school year.

Cupertino/Sunnyvale District Chair Mary Combes (left) and Michelle Ma are pictured here with 48 backpacks donated to West Valley Community Services to be distributed to low-income students at the beginning of the school year.

The Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® Cupertino/Sunnyvale District yesterday presented 48 backpacks to Michelle Ma, program manager for stability support with West Valley Community Services (WVCS). As part of its Back-2-School Backpack Program, WVCS fills donated backpacks with grade appropriate school supplies for children entering kindergarten through12th grade.

A new backpack and necessary school supplies mean the world to all students, especially those whose families can’t afford to purchase them, according to Ma. Having a good backpack and the correct supplies for school can boost a student’s self-confidence and success in learning.

Ma thanked SILVAR members for the backpacks. “These supplies are important and critical to the children because they help them succeed in their education,” said Ma.

The backpacks are an annual project of the Cupertino/Sunnyvale District. They are purchased each year with funds raised from district events. “This is just another way our district gives back to our community. Low-income middle school age children sometimes need a little extra boost at the start of the school year. A new backpack enhances their self-image,” said SILVAR President Carolyn Miller.

Miller said the Cupertino/Sunnyvale District supports the schools in other ways, too. She encourages members to participate in the district’s sign rider program. REALTORS® donate $250 of their commission for every property they sell in the school district. Signs that say they support the schools are then placed on the yards of homes they sell. The signs are available at the SILVAR store.

“Many of us also contribute to CEEF (Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation), the Sunnyvale School District and the Santa Clara School District when we sell a home within these school boundaries. The school foundations add the $250 volunteer contributions directly into science, music, and art programs. It also shows that REALTORS® care about our schools,” added Miller.

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