The 22,000 children experiencing homelessness in our region are among our most vulnerable students. They have many daily struggles, including staying in school and having access to adequate school supplies.
Nine-year-old Jolie Ludington is doing her part to help, one pencil and notebook at a time. Through their annual efforts to collect supplies for the annual Stuff the Bus school supplies drive, Jolie and her family have supported the San Diego County Office of Education in ensuring access to quality education for children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Jolie began collecting school supplies at her annual adoption celebration when she was just 3 years old. Her parents suggested that she consider a way to give back to children less fortunate than herself. Jolie chose to collect school supplies for children experiencing homelessness. Jolie’s efforts have expanded over the last six years, and this year, her family and her soccer team joined her in helping to sort supplies and stuff backpacks in addition to donating the supplies they collected.
The 2018 SDCCU Stuff the Bus school supplies drive was an unprecedented success, collecting more than 231,000 school supplies that benefitted 40 school districts and 21 charter schools.
The San Diego County Board of Education acknowledged Jolie and her family as valued and dedicated community partners at the Septemember board meeting. Jolie was presented a certificate in honor of her support of the County Office of Education’s work to serve our most vulnerable students.
Board President Guadalupe González, who met Jolie and her family while helping stuff backpacks with donated school supplies, praised the Ludingtons. "Not only do they take time the time to collect supplies, they also give their time, all to make sure the most vulnerable children in our community can start the school year right.”