NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Help students prepare for the upcoming school year by "stuffing the bus" with school supplies.
Communities In Schools of Cape Fear in partnership with Office Depot, Staples, Wal-Mart and Harris Teeter at Mayfaire, is urging shoppers to help Stuff The Bus this tax-free weekend.
Busses will be stationed at each of the partner locations during the 3-day tax weekend, collecting school supplies for students in need and classrooms in both New Hanover and Pender Counties.
"It's important that all students get off to a good start each year" said Louise Hicks, Executive Director for Communities In Schools of Cape Fear. "Whether that be us providing notebooks and backpacks or T-1 calculators - whatever it takes to help a child be successful in school."
Last week, Port City Community Church was able to stuff a bus with school supplies that will be donated to the campaign. The bus was parked outside of the church Saturday as volunteers worked diligently to collect items such as pencils, crayons and notebooks.
"There are a lot of people experiencing some hard times," said Heidi Baker of Port City Community Church. "And there's no reason that we as a community can't rally together and get the children what they need in order to start school."
The church plans to "stuff the bus" again Sunday, August 9 from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Donated items are distributed evenly throughout New Hanover and Pender County schools. In 2008, more than $45,000 worth of supplies were provided through the Stuff The Bus campaign.
Stuff the Bus, August 7-9:
- Staples on College Road
- Office Depot on Oleander Drive
- Wal-Mart off Market Street
- Harris Teeter at Mayfaire
Donations accepted 9 - 6 Friday & Saturday, Noon - 6 on Sunday
Brunswick County Wal-Marts will also be collecting items for the Stuff the Bus program.
Stuff the Bus Wish list:
Student Wish List
- 2"-3" 3 Ring Binders
- Colored Pencils
- Pocket folders
- Marbled Composition Books
- Glue/ Glue Sticks
- Flash Drives
- Pencil pouches for 3 ring binders
- School Uniforms
- Dry erase markers
- Soap and Hand Sanitizers
- White Out
- Tissues & Paper Towels
- Disposable Cameras
- Post it Notes
- Construction Paper
- Manilla Folders
- Paint brushes
- Push pins
- Masking Tape
- Computer Paper (color &white)
- Zip-loc bags
**Monetary & Gift Card donations Accepted