1,000 New Backpacks Given to Local Students

This week was U-Stor-It’s Back to School Bash and Backpack Giveaway hosted at U-Stor-It Self Storage in Lincoln Park! With the help of the First Lady Katherine Stewart, Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Police and Fire Departments, as well as One San Diego, a 501(C)3 non-profit, the event was able to hand out 1,000 backpacks and school supplies to local elementary school children in the Lincoln Park area.

Student trying on his new backpack.

A large assortment of colors were available, for girls and boys, so everyone had a wide variety to choose from and of course show off on their first day of school!

Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman hands out backpacks to local students in Lincoln Park.

It was clear from the start that the turquoise and light blue backpacks were definitely the most popular.

Police helped hand out backpacks and school supplies.
Police helped hand out backpacks and school supplies.

Along with each backpack, students received a pencil box, containing two erasers, two pencils, and either a pack of crayons or a glue stick, or colored pencils and a pen, depending on the grade level of the student.

After picking their new backpacks, students and families also escaped the summer heat to have a quick snack.

Pencils and supplies at U-Stor-It’s Back to School Bash
An assortment of colors of pencil boxes and notebooks.

The event benefited elementary schools such as Porter Elementary, Chollas / Mead Elementary, and Horton Elementary in the Lincoln Park area. The event came just in time for the upcoming 2016 – 2017 San Diego Unified School District school year.

U-Stor-It Self Storage, One San Diego, Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman, First Lady Katherine Stewart.

A big thanks to the San Diego Police and Fire Departments, One San Diego, First Lady Katherine Stewart, Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman, Porter Elementary, KUSI News, CBS 8, NBC 7, and everyone that  volunteered and visited – helping to make the 2016 Back to School Bash so much fun and such a pleasure. Enjoy your school year!

A Back to School Bash for Local Students

For Immediate Release

August 23, 2016
A Back to School Bash for Local Students
By Blake Johnston

San Diego, CA – U-Stor-It Self Storage and One San Diego, will be will be hosting a Back to School Bash and Backpack Giveaway at U-Stor-It’s new facility in Lincoln Park. The event will provide backpacks, school supplies, and food for the local students and their family members in the area.

“Connecting San Diegans to opportunities to succeed begins with our youth,” said Barbara Ybarra, Executive Director of One San Diego. “Many of the elementary aged school children lack the supplies.  We have identified [local schools] where the need is great — 84% of the students participate in the free or reduced lunch programs. [These] are students who could benefit greatly from new backpacks and supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.”

The event is free, and backpacks, school supplies, and food will be available while supplies last. Visit www.ustorit.com for more about U-Stor-It Self Storage and One San Diego’s Back to School Bash.

WHERE: U-Stor-It Self Storage (930 S 47th St, San Diego, CA 92113)
WHEN: August 24th, 2016 from 10am to 2pm

About U-Stor-It Self Storage
U-Stor-It Self Storage, in conjunction with U-Stor-It Managers, their management team, are developers and operators who have entitled, developed, and managed north of 50 properties in the Chicagoland and Southern California regions. Having been in business for 28+ years, they continually seek to improve and enhance the communities in which they serve.

About One San Diego
One San Diego is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting equal access to economic prosperity, safe and vibrant communities, and an enhanced quality of life to ensure every San Diegan has the opportunity to succeed.

Blake Johnston, Marketing

Maximizing Your Dorm Room Space

More recently, the appearance of minimalist lifestyles have been growing in popularity. However, when you are moving into a dorm or apartment for college, the minimalist look is not an option. Space is limited and you are going to have to think of some solutions to storing all your possessions into the cramped living quarters. Preparing for how you are going to store your stuff will ultimately assist in maximizing your space and preventing your quarters from feeling cluttered. With the help of some of our team at U-Stor-It Self Storage South Loop near Roosevelt University in Chicago we have found some tips for uncramping your style!

Container Storage

Lifting your bed with bed risers will provide a space beneath to place containers and drawers.

“If you’d like, you can line your storage containers with decorative paper to prevent seeing whatever it is you are storing inside them.”

-Gloria, Assistant Manager of U-Stor-It Self Storage South Loop

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Closet Storage

You will want to be using all the potential space in your closet. It is highly recommended to purchase a hanging shelf which could be used for storing shoes, sweaters, or any excess clothing. Using Cascading Hangers could also help in maximizing storage space. Each of these hangers can hold up to five articles of clothing at different heights, allowing you to fit even more into your closet.

“Once you have everything organized, use a curtain attached to a simple closet rod to hide all your clothing from sight.”

-Gloria, Assistant Manager of U-Stor-It Self Storage South Loop

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Divider Storage

Drawer organization is essential to fitting everything into a tight space while maintaining easy access to whatever it is you need. Dividers can be used to help with desks, clothing drawers, jewelry/makeup, technology organization (i.e. cords), and school supplies.

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Hanger Storage

Keep in mind that you will want to prevent accumulation on your floor to the best of your ability. Try placing hooks around your room for all remaining miscellaneous items. This could be on the back of your door or near your desk. In most dorms, you will not be allowed to drill holes into the walls, however command hooks are a great substitute. They can be used for photos, purses, coats, whiteboards, keys, or wall storage bins.

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Using small tricks like these can absolutely assist in maximizing space in your dorm. Remember to plan how you will organize and store everything coming to college with you to create a clean and spacious room. At the end of the school year, when you are looking for a space to store all of your things, U-Stor-It on 615 S. Wabash will safely and securely store any of your belongings until you are ready to move back in.