WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – Thanks to donors and volunteers, Stuff the School Bus / Stuff the Desk helped a total of 827 students in 2019. On Thursday, August 1st, community members donated school supplies to the Stuff the School Bus event during Lunch by the River; and on Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th, the school supplies were distributed to students who registered to receive school supplies at Lincoln High School.
· Of the students served, 98% qualified for free or reduced school meals.
· Of the students served, 19 were considered homeless (in a shelter or temporary foster care; in a motel, car or campsite; in transitional housing; with another family due to loss of housing or as a result of economic hardship; with friends or family members other than a parent/guardian; or a student living in own apartment or home).
· A total of 140 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: 659 backpacks, 590 colored pencils, 684 crayons, 368 glue bottles, 632 glue sticks, 350 markers, 384 scissors.
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, 827 students have school supplies to help them start the school year off on the right track. Thank you!
Volunteers pre-packed supplies and put them into bags for the Stuff the Desk participants.
About the Stuff the School Bus/Stuff the Desk Committee
Stuff the School Bus is a collaborative effort of several local non-profit, government and school agencies. Every year, the Stuff the School Bus/Stuff the Desk Committee asks the community to stuff a school bus with donations of school supplies. The event is held during Lunch by the River. Later, the donated school supplies are distributed to local students in need during the Stuff the Desk event. All families who are in financial need are eligible.