Students at Morningside and Inglewood high schools got a surprise visit on Jan. 23 from elected officials and their local public utility company. Southern California Edison gave away 550 free backpacks stuffed with everything needed to help students get 2015 off to a great start.
Edison, which provides electricity service to Inglewood residents, handed out school supplies via its participation in CBS EcoMedia’s Education’s Kids in Need Foundation. Tucked inside each backpack was a special gift to inspire learning beyond high school—a flyer inviting students to apply for one of 30 scholarships, valued at $40,000 each. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.
“It was a great honor to see the young men and women beaming when the announcement was made that every senior at the high schools would receive a free backpack filled with school supplies. Their excitement rose dramatically when Marvin Jackmon, SCE representative for Inglewood, dove inside the backpack and pulled out the flyer,” said Inglewood Councilman Ralph Franklin. Inglewood Mayor James Butts was also present.
Edison International’s support of the Kids in Need Foundation is a part of its commitment to supporting education in the communities it serves. The Edison Scholars Program was designed to help minority, low-income and under-represented students in Southern California pay for college studies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.
Since 2006, Edison International has awarded nearly $4 million in scholarships to 460 students. More than 1,400 high school seniors applied for the 2014 scholarships, a 92 percent increase over the previous school year.
"Awareness that not all students go to school with a backpack full of school supplies is growing,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids In Need Foundation. “Edison International is stepping up to break down this barrier that prevents many students from keeping pace with their classmates.”