Help 'Stuff the Bus' This Weekend
While most children are dreading the end of summer, Communities in Schools of Moore County is working to make sure those children are equipped with the tools they need to start the 2009-2010 school year.
The "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive, which is spearheaded by CIS board member and local realtor Betsy Robinson, is a massive campaign for the nonprofit organization with supplies reaching all 22 Moore County Schools.
"Each child needs and deserves to start the school year off with the 'right tools' to be successful," says CIS executive director Andi Korte. "We all remember that first day of school with our shiny new notebooks and pencils -- it motivates you to start the year out strong."
Now in its fourth year, "Stuff the Bus" organizers are prepared to meet the challenges involved with any donation-based initiative, due to the slumping economy.
"I think everyone will recognize the needs are even greater this year and will be willing to contribute again according to their means," says Robinson.
Among the most needed items for children entering kindergarten through 12th grade are pencils, notebook paper, backbacks and folders to keep assignments organized. Each store has a list available foreach grade provided by the Moore County teachers.
"Providing supplies to the schools not only helps the students but the teachers as well, who often spend their own money to purchase supplies for those in need," says Korte.
School counselors will distribute the supplies at the start of the school year.
Robinson is thankful for the "many people from many organizations who donate their time," to collect school supplies at Walmart. Volunteers will be stationed at both entrances from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m on Aug. 7-9, which coincides with the tax-free weekend. Shoppers are encouraged to pick up an extra item or two during their regular back-to-school shopping to add to the "Stuff the Bus" shopping carts located at the doors.
Supplies can also be donated during the entire month of August at all FirstBank locations. Local business organizations and civic groups also collect school supplies and any cash contributions made for "Stuff the Bus" are used to purchase additional supplies.
The mission of Communities in Schools is to help children stay in school, succeed in school and be better prepared for life, a mission that "Stuff the Bus" is instrumental in helping CIS achieve. To volunteer, contact Betsy Robinson at 910-639-0695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit www.cismoore.org.
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