Stuff the School Bus drive helps students prepare for class
Scissors, notebooks and disinfectant wipes are some of the supplies you may already be shopping for to send your kids back to school. But many parents can’t afford them.
In about a month, students like Sarah Moore’s son will fill the halls at Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary School. It’s the time of year she dreads.
"Honestly, I feel like a failure for them," Moore said.
As a single mother of two, it’s hard to pay the bills and afford a growing list of supplies.
"Every year it seems like the list grows and grow,s and unfortunately the money doesn’t," Moore said.
The list of school supplies for Moore’s son costs more than $50. That doesn’t include clothes or the wish list of supplies his class provided. And that’s supplies for only one of her children.
This is where Stuff the School Bus comes in.
"Ultimately, our goal is for all the students to never feel behind at any point, especially on first day," United Way Community Impact Specialist Allison Devine said.
Each year, United Way sets up donation bins in businesses, and collects as many supplies as possible. The supplies are stuffed into a bus, sorted out and sent to all county and city schools. They’re then given out with help from the schools family resource coordinators, like Carrie Moore at Hendron-Lone Oak.
"To some people, it’s just crayons, it’s just folders, but to a lot of kids it’s way more than that," Carrie said.
The supply donations help make sure all students start the school year prepared and confident.
"It was just such a blessing for us. because there’s no way I could have done that on my own," Moore said.
Each school can decide how they want to distribute supplies. For example, Henron-Lone Oak is having a distribution event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 27. To find out what your school is doing, contact your school’s family resource coordinator.
Volunteers will be collecting donations and stuffing the bus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kmart, Sam’s Club and the Southside Walmart. If you want to volunteer, call 270-442-1691 or email Allison@unitedwaypaducah.org to sign up.