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Big success for Stuff the School Bus
August 08, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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After all the school supplies were collected and sorted for distribution, United Way of Western Nebraska’s Stuff the School Bus program was even bigger than last year.

United Way executive director Stephanie Black reported the group stuffed 177 backpacks of school supplies for Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska, their partner in the program. That’s up from the 75 backpacks from last year.

Almost 80 boxes of supplies will be going to eight school districts. Counselors from the schools then take appointments with families in need of school supplies.

School districts that receive school supplies include Gering, Scottsbluff, Mitchell, Morrill, Minatare, Bayard, Bridgeport and Banner County.

“We had about twice what we had last year,” Black said. “Nationstar filling a big athletic bus last week really helped out.”

She added that demand has been a big factor this year. “We’ve had numerous phone calls here at United Way in just the last two weeks on how families can get the school supplies. They need to contact the school counselor for that.”

Although the program wrapped up on Tuesday, monetary donations and school supplies are still being accepted. “Once we deliver on Wednesday, we’ll see what people are short of and use some of the money to buy those supplies,” Black said.

Monetary donations may also be dropped off or mailed to the United Way offices in Scottsbluff. Through the end of August, the Gering Citizen will donate $5 to the Stuff the School Bus program for every regular-priced new subscription or renewal received.
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