Thanks to hundreds of donors and volunteers, 914 local students will begin the academic year with essential school supplies provided through Stuff the School Bus/Stuff the Desk events. On Thursday, August 3rd, community members donated school supplies to the Stuff the Bus event during Lunch by the River, and on Friday, August 18th and Saturday, August 19th, the items were distributed to students who registered to receive supplies.
· Of the students served, 96% qualified for free or reduced school meals.
· Over 80 volunteers lent a hand during collection, set up, pre-packing and distribution.
· A sampling of some of the items collected during Stuff the School Bus include: 326 backpacks, 513 boxes of colored pencils, 558 boxes of crayons, 1,458 folders, 936 glue sticks, 1,102 notebooks, 445 scissors, 83 watercolors, 100 rulers and 270 boxes of markers.
If you missed Stuff the Desk and your student needs school supplies, contact your school counselor or social worker.
The Stuff the School Bus Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make this possible: the volunteers, the organizations who held school supply drives, and everyone who donated school supplies and/or monetary donations. We’d also like to thank our local media who helped to promote these events. Thanks to everyone working together, our students have school supplies to help them start the school year off on the right track. Thank you!
Photo Caption: Volunteers pre-packed supplies and put them into backpacks for the Stuff the Desk participants.