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January 12, 2021 12:59pm

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The Affair co-creator Sarah Treem and actor Adam Shapiro have teamed with Partnership for Los Angeles SchoolsFamilies First Campaign to help families in need amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Treem and Shapiro, who both attended public schools themselves, have joined forces with the organization to raise money for essential supplies, such as computers, headphones, hi-speed wifi and tech support for the adults, as schools remain closed during the pandemic. “The Partnership’s Families First Campaign will empower families with technology, training, and resources to ensure that every student has access to high-quality learning opportunities at home,” according to the organization’s website.

Treem has reached out in a letter to friends and colleagues to enlist their help, and for their generosity, donors will receive a gift from Shapiro’s newest venture, Shappy Pretzel Co., maker of Philly-style soft pretzels in L.A.

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“I’ve been really concerned with the statistics coming out of LAUSD since last spring,” Treem wrote. “Many families don’t have access to high speed internet, they don’t have computers or adults in their homes who are computer literate, there’s a language barrier, there’s no quiet space to learn, etc.”

Treem continued: “The amount of Ds and Fs has sky-rocketed among older kids and thousands of younger children simply aren’t enrolled in school at all this year because it’s just too challenging for their parents or caretakers. A whole generation of public school students will miss a year’s worth of education – over a year actually – simply because there is no social safety net in this country to catch them and keep them learning through a crisis like this.”

You can read Treem’s letter in full below, which contains a link for those who wish to donate, and watch a video of Shapiro explaining the campaign.

Hello Esteemed Friends and Colleagues,

So, I’ve been joking to people (really anyone who will listen) that running a homeschool pod, during Covid in LA, is more stressful than running a television show ever was. However the people who are really suffering this year are not those of us who can afford to have schools and teachers in our backyards, but those of us who can’t. I’ve been really concerned with the statistics coming out of LAUSD since last spring. Many families don’t have access to high speed internet, they don’t have computers or adults in their homes who are computer literate, there’s a language barrier, there’s no quiet space to learn, etc. The amount of Ds and Fs has sky-rocketed among older kids and thousands of younger children simply aren’t enrolled in school at all this year because it’s just too challenging for their parents or caretakers. A whole generation of public school students will miss a year’s worth of education – over a year actually – simply because there is no social safety net in this country to catch them and keep them learning through a crisis like this.

An education cannot be a privilege of the rich in a society that considers itself civilized and yet, here we are. These kids aren’t going to get a do-over next year, they’re simply going to fall behind, perhaps insurmountably so. In an effort to try to keep that from happening, my friend Adam Shapiro and I have teamed up to launch a campaign with Partnership for LA Schools to get essential homeschool resources into the households that need them most. (Things like computers, headphones, hi-speed wifi, tech support for the adults – all these things that many of us just take for granted in our own households.) We’re hoping to bring in these resources and make it possible for all students to stay engaged in home school until everyone has a chance to return in-person, safely.

Will you help us? I realize it’s late in the year and everyone is on break and also just so damn tired of being asked for things – I’m truly sorry to pile on. As an added incentive, Adam’s Shappy Pretzel Company will deliver delicious soft Philadelphia-style pretzels directly to your door. They’re a big deal, see even KTLA says so, and they’ve never been available for home delivery until right now!

I’ve included links to the Partnerships for LA Schools, our Families First Campaign, Shappy Pretzels and a direct appeal from Adam below. Thank you so much, everyone, for even considering this request. We are incredibly grateful and we hope you have a safe and delicious and safe New Years here in the Covid hot spot of the world.

With deep gratitude,

Sarah

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