Palisades Cares Backpack Drive Seeks Donations

Palisades Cares is sponsoring a backpack and school-supplies drive for School on Wheels, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides tutoring services and school supplies to thousands of homeless K-12 students in six Southern California counties.

Donated supplies will be taken to the School on Wheels learning center located in Skid Row. While shopping for your children, consider picking up an extra item or two that can be donated. The deadline is Aug. 22.

Palisades residents may leave supplies at CVS, Palisades-Malibu YMCA and Regal Cleaners.

NEW items needed are backpacks; spiral-ring notebooks; crayons and markers; colored pencils and pens; pencil sharpeners; school binders (2 inches or smaller); erasers; homework folders; flash cards (multiplication and division); USB flash drives; mini-staplers and staples; mechanical pencils; subject dividers and arts and crafts materials.

Marie Steckmest, who founded Palisades Cares in 2006, said the goal is for every child to receive a new backpack with school sup- plies. “Last year, 2,219 volunteers tutored 3,491 homeless students and some of those tutors are residents of Pacific Palisades,” said Steckmest, who was recognized as Citizen of the Year for her volunteer activism.

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