• Stuff the School Bus Serves 647 Students in 2021

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    August 23, 2021
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – Thanks to donors and volunteers, Stuff the School Bus / Stuff the Desk helped a total of 647 students in 2021. On Thursday, August 5th, community members donated school supplies to the Stuff the School Bus event during Lunch by the River; and on Friday, August 20th and Saturday, August 21st, the school supplies were distributed to students who registered to receive school supplies.
    2021 Statistics:
    • Of the students served, 98% qualified for free or reduced school meals.
    • Of the students served, 5 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 80 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:  365 backpacks, 395 colored pencils, 507 crayons, 1,005 folders, 1,444 glue sticks, 1,258 notebooks, 336 scissors, 134 watercolors, 151 rulers and 357 markers.  
    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, 647 students have school supplies to help them start the school year off on the right track. Thank you! 

    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.
    Amy Fluno
    amy@uwswac.org, (715) 421-0390