The Dollar General in Waldron will be the host of the annual Stuff the Bus school supply campaign for the 2017-18 school year on Wednesday, July 12 through Thursday, July 13.
"This event is very important to our community and our students in Scott County," said Tammye Sherrill, event coordinator. She continued, "This event allows our students and their parents to be able to start the new school year with confidence by having the necessary school supplies. We will provide students with their basic needs for their designated class. We may not be able to provide each student with the requested 48 pencils, but each student will have 12. They may not receive the five boxes of crayons, but they will have two. With this drive, we will be able to supply the sudents with enough school supplies to get them started."
"If we have extra fund at the end of the drive, then we may utilize the funds by providing the students with the gallon Ziploc bags, or the ear buds that have been requested. The school is not in the position to buy these supplies, so it is very important for this event to be successful."
According to Sherrill, various churches, organizations, and businesses have already stepped up in providing these needs. " We are very thankful for the donations and supplies we have already received by our community. The Nazarine Church has donated $1,000 for the cause and several other churches has donated $500 each for the event. Tyson Foods will also be purchasing items for our students."
With the closing of the Waldron Walmart, Sherrill is anticipating an increase in the amount of backpacks that will be distributed. "We initially decided to prepare 600 backpacks, but now we are looking toward 900. In Waldron alone, we have an average of 1,400 K-12 students and then we will also be servicing students from the Mansfield School District. We will fill as many backpacks as we can, and if we should run out, then we will make a list of the students who did not receive one and I will request for additional donations. When it comes to our children, I am not bashful in asking for more money."
During the Stuff the Bus event, donations of pens, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, composition books, rulers, loose leaf paper, erasers, glue sticks and and a variety assortment of folders will be accepted. "We encourage our community to pick up a few extra supplies when they are out and drop these off at our collection point," shared Sherrill.
Additional items that can be donated and will be used within the classrooms are binders, hand sanitizers, gallon Ziploc storage bags, Kleenex tissues, ear buds, and flash drives.
Donations are still being accepted for the Back to School Bash event. If you or your business would like to donate, please send your donation to P.O. Box 114, Waldron, Arkansas, 72958 or drop off the supplies at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain located at 413 E. Church Street in Waldron.
The Bash will take place on July 27 from 3-6 p.m. at the Waldron Middle School. All students must be present to pick up a backpack.