Cesar Chavez Backpack Drive


During the month of August, the Passerelle Investment Company coordinated the donation of 276 backpacks to Cesar Chavez Middle School in East Palo Alto. Passerelle received enormous support both internally and from the Los Altos community.  All 276 backpacks were sourced through the Los Altos skateboarding shop Skate Works with help from owner Jason Strubing. The Passerelle team hosted a backpack stuffing party at its office in downtown Los Altos on September 12th. Julie Rose, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Marie Backs, Jane Reed, Jason Strubing, members of Passerelle, and several others participated. Some of the generous supplies included in each backpack were 4 GB USB drives, new binders, and pencil cases stuffed with pens, pencils, and highlighters. Passerelle employees Brooke Ray Smith and Katie Stern dropped off the backpacks to the middle school on Monday, September 19th, just in time for Back-to-School-Night. Backpacks were given away to the first 200 students and 76 were kept to be given as rewards to deserving students throughout the year. Passerelle coordinated with Superintendent Maria de la Vega and Principal Amika Guilluame in order to make this possible.

Cesar Chavez Thank You <<< This is a link to the heart warming letter from the school