WHAT: Students from The School of Entrepreneurship & Technology (SET High) will load 175 backpacks full of school supplies, gift cards and messages of encouragement into a donated Hertz rental truck. SET High volunteers will drive to Galveston, Texas this weekend to deliver the backpacks, filled with items for students impacted by Hurricane Harvey. SET High’s “We Have Your Back” project is completely student-led. Several SET students have actively reached out to neighborhoods throughout San Diego County to collect backpacks, school supplies and other types of donations.
After learning about those affected by Hurricane Harvey at the start of this school year, and also studying the sociology of disaster, SET High students reacted and demanded to use the social-entrepreneurship skills they are acquiring to help students affected most in Houston.
In partnership with Lemonade Day, an organization dedicated to “teaching kids the power of entrepreneurship,” SET High staff and educators assembled a plan with educators at the Odyssey Academy — a suite of charter schools serving approximately 1200 students in grades TK through 12th. The backpacks signify a small effort to help the students overcome the ongoing challenges they may face in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (This is also the best time to cover.)
WHERE: The School of Entrepreneurship & Technology, 3540 Aero Court, San Diego, CA 92123
VISUALS AND SPOKESPERSONS:
- 175 backpacks full of school supplies being loaded into a donated Hertz rental truck to be delivered to Galveston, Texas.
- Students can show what is inside the backpacks and describe what is still needed for future deliveries.
- Select SET High students will be available for interviews who can speak to the importance of developing social entrepreneurship expertise.
- Neil McCurdy, principal and chief educational officer, SET
DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED:
- SET High students are still collecting items for Houston and Galveston area students as well as potentially connecting with school(s) in Northern California recently devastated from wildfires.
- The public can bring donations of new, unused backpacks and school supplies to SET High between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on school days.
- Financial donations can be made on the SET High website.
- Volunteers and students from SET High will ensure all donations are directly delivered to the Odyssey Academy or designated beneficiary schools.
- More information is available at: www.sethigh.org
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT:
- In many regions in the U.S., states have been greatly impacted by hurricanes, flooding and natural disasters.
- The recovery, specifically in recent areas of disaster such as Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Northern California, will be long and arduous.
- The devastation in Houston and the surrounding areas as a result of Hurricane Harvey in late August 2017 is unprecedented.
- SET wants to engage with the students of Houston and Galveston for as long as it takes to rebuild, and have made a long-term commitment to the students at Odyssey Academy with sustainable and far-reaching support.
- Social entrepreneurship is the use of the techniques by start up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural or environmental issues.
About The School for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SET)
The School for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SET High) is a nonprofit, comprehensive, four-year public charter high school serving grades nine through 12. SET inspires and enables students to thrive both personally and professionally in a global, technology-driven society. Through an immersive education that includes the highest academic standards and a focus on applied learning, entrepreneurship, and technology, SET provides the mindset, skill set, and dynamic environment necessary to launch the next generation of global citizens and leaders. The school inspires students to disrupt the traditional idea of success and to lead a new generation of socially responsible trailblazers who will shape the way we work and live.
Based in San Diego, Calif., SET is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). To learn more, please call (858) 874-4338 or visit www.sethigh.org. Connect with SET on Facebook and Twitter.