Operation Teddy Bear – Educational Inequity
At the Volunteer Center we feel strongly that, regardless of income or circumstances, each student has the right to a high-quality education. Our Operation Teddy Bear program targets educational inequity in the academic resource distribution process by providing children with the tools, books, and materials they need to effectively learn and complete assignments. It is a reality that classrooms often need community support to ensure proper resources and, without the support typically offered schools in wealthier neighborhoods, our partner schools and teachers often lack the funds they require. These are schools that tend to be populated with historically oppressed and underrepresented groups. With Operation Teddy Bear and initiatives like it, we are helping to close the educational gap and provide students with what they need.
We work closely with partner schools on educational inequity. The Volunteer Center covers several major school districts:
- Compton Unified
- Hawthorne Unified
- Inglewood Unified
- Lawndale Unified
- Lennox Unified
- Long Beach Unified
- Los Angeles Unified
- Torrance Unified
The schools we serve are identified as “high poverty” using California Department of Education (CDE) data showing that 75% or more of the student body is eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches, based on family income.