Zackeria’s School Supply Drive in Fresno
Jul 21, 2017 11:00AM
● By Kendra Kaiserman
A Silent Guardian
Story by Kendra Kaiserman
Photos courtesy of Zackeria’s School Supply Drive
School is important. And you can’t receive an education without the necessary tools, such as school supplies. Nine-year-old Zackeria Lovick of Fresno is bringing school supplies to children in need through his own school supply drive that he created two years ago. The idea came about when he was shopping for school supplies with his mom, Malarie. “Me and my mom were shopping for school supplies and my mom said, ‘You know that some kids can’t afford school supplies, right?’ And I was like, ‘What?’” says Zackeria. He was 7 at the time and just about to start second grade.
The first year, Zackeria gave out school supplies every month to local elementary schools within the Fresno Unified School District. “It was about 35 to 40 schools,” Malarie says. The second year, he gave out supplies as often as he would get donations. This month, he plans to donate a backpack full of school supplies to each student at Williams Elementary School.
Each backpack holds a notebook, a few folders, a binder, dividers, crayons, colored pencils, markers, a ruler and a pencil box that has six pencils, two erasers, scissors, pens, a highlighter and glue. Each backpack also holds Zackeria’s signature item: a couple of lollipops.
Zackeria’s School Supply Drive has grown since the beginning. “Backpacks weren’t on the original list of things,” says Malarie. Not only has the list of items changed, but “the idea behind it grew a little bit,” Malarie says.
Zackeria’s motivation and reason for holding these drives is “because I want to help other kids whose parents who can’t afford backpacks and school supplies,” Zackeria says.
When Zackeria isn’t holding school supply drives, he likes to play and go to baseball games and play video games. His favorite baseball team is the San Francisco Giants.
“He’s so humble about it,” Malarie says. “I think that even though he’s donating to kids in need, he’s learning more from them than what we originally thought would happen.”
Zackeria is a silent guardian for kids in need in the South Valley. “The hardest thing about getting the word out is he is doing it quietly,” says Malarie.
You can help Zackeria get the word out. To get involved with Zackeria’s School Supply drive, such as donating supplies, helping him pass them out or even be on the receiving end, check out his Facebook page. You can ask questions and find links on where and how to donate. Zackeria even has a “personal bank account where all money goes directly into that account for school supplies,” Malarie says.
Zackeria’s School Supply Drive
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