San Jose School District Helps Homeless Students on #GivingTuesday

Today marks the 11th annual #GivingTuesday — a day of charity celebrated on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Across California, schools and organizations are tapping into the spirit of giving to raise funds for students in need.

One example is the East Side Union High School District in San Jose. Troubled by an increase in its homeless student population, ESUHSD launched a campaign to help students who face housing insecurity.

"Some have probably faced chronic housing issues and have been living from motels to shelters to the streets to a park," Maryam Aldalat, Director of Student Services for East Side Union High School District, told KTVU.  

The money raised this Tuesday will go to the McKinney-Vento Program, which provides essential items like clothing to homeless students during the holidays. 

In addition to helping homeless students with necessities, the East Side Education Foundation partners with San Jose State University to give scholarships to unhoused students. 

Click here to find out how you can support San Jose students facing housing insecurity.