By Lieu Dang Suss, MPH
Four weeks ago, Long Beach Unified School District students returned to the classroom to begin the new school year, many from struggling families, that cannot afford school supplies. AUHS Foundation has been supporting school readiness for the past several years through our Backing Our Future backpack campaign. With funding from Kayne Anderson Rudnick Wealth Advisors, who have been major donors to this program for the past several years, AUHS Foundation volunteers filled 504 backpacks and 40 tote bags with essential school supplies to give students the necessary leverage for a successful school year. Schools and social services agencies receiving these donations included: Whittier Elementary School, Bobbi Smith Elementary School, Lafayette Elementary School, Oropeza Elementary School, Long Beach YMCA, and Lutheran Social Services of Southern California Long Beach & South Bay. We pray that God will bless these students and their families in these challenging times.