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Stuff the Bus helps students make a good start
August 06, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photos by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Scottsbluff student Jamisen Allen unpacks a bag of school supplies which United Way will distribute to area schools.

The annual United Way of Western Nebraska Stuff the Bus program was another big success as people from across the area provided needed school supplies for eight local schools.

The program was organized to help children and youth in the community who may be in need of school supplies throughout the school year. Familiar school buses make stops at area businesses where people can bring school supplies to help with a worthwhile cause.

“The community has been very generous,” said United Way Executive Director Steph Black. We filled nearly 200 backpacks with school supplies to go the CAPWN program (Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska). And with monetary donations, we were able to buy another $1,000 of school supplies.”

After about 25 volunteers sorted and packed the supplies, there was about 22 boxes for each school in the program. Those include Scottsbluff, Gering, Mitchell, Morrill, Banner County, Minatare, Bridgeport and Bayard and the VALTS alternative learning school.

“That’s about 200 boxes of supplies and our numbers are up every year,” Black said. “This just a great program to help kids who maybe can’t afford school supplies.”
Hayley Allen, whose mother is director the Volunteer Center, said it’s been fun to help sort all the school supplies that will going to area schools. “Some kids in the schools can’t afford school supplies, so this is a very important project,” she said.
Jamisen Allen attends Scottsbluff schools and she likes to help out because it’s good to help people and makes it easier on their families.

After supplies were packed, United Way partner UPS and their drivers loaded and delivered them to participating schools.

Just because supplies have already been delivered, the public can still get involved. School supplies and monetary donations will be accepted at United Way offices through the month of August. Those supplies will be distributed as needed.

Gering Police Captain Jason Rogers helps stack boxes of school supplies for the United Way of Western Nebraska Stuff the Bus program.
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