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United Way to host 'Stuff the Bus'

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

United Way of the Wabash Valley, in partnership with Clay Community Schools, is inviting the community to help local families as the school year approaches.

Both groups will host "Stuff the Bus," Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Walmart, Brazil.

"Stuff the Bus" challenges residents to bring as many new classroom necessities as possible for local students. All supplies collected from the event will be given to Clay Community Schools to distribute to students in need.

"The 'Stuff the Bus' campaign was a great opportunity to show that everyone can make a difference to help advance the common good in the area of education," Executive Director of United Way of the Wabash Valley Troy Fears said. "School officials tell us that children routinely show up to school without the basic tools they need to do their school work.

"United Way is committed to ensuring that all of our children have access to the basic foundation they need to succeed in school, setting them up for lifelong success."

The school corporation is looking for a variety of items, including: Back packs, composition paper, construction paper, pencil cases, toothpaste, pencils and pens, crayons and colored pencils, glue and glue sticks, scissors, binders, book covers and art pads.

All supplies collected will be given to the school corporation, which will organize and distribute to students in need.

The first day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16.

For more information on items to donate, or to make a monetary donation, contact Fears at the United Way at 812-235-6287 or e-mail troy.fears@local.unitedway.org.

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This sounds like a great idea. Just a suggestion, you might actually get the bus filled up if you had this during hours when most people are at work and can not participate.

-- Posted by observation on Wed, Aug 3, 2011, at 8:53 AM

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