What can you do with a big, empty yellow school bus? Stuff it with classroom supplies during the ninth annual Stuff the Bus event.
From 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Aug. 25, a Richmond County Public Schools bus will sit in the Walmart parking lot on U.S. 74 Business, doors open and ready to receive donations of backpacks, No. 2 pencils and packs of ruled filler paper to help students in need.
Wendy Kelly Jordan is director of student services for the schools and in charge of this year’s event, working with the United Way of Richmond County and the Rockingham Walmart.
“Before coming into this role, I was a building-level administrator for nearly 18 years,” Jordan said Tuesday. “It always amazed me … how much the community donated each year” to Stuff the Bus.
“When I see back-to-school displays … it excites me so. I love catching the good deals and then donating to such an awesome cause.”
Last year, the campaign collected 30,138 items, from glue sticks to protractors, index cards to highlighters, all for students in kindergarten through grade 12 who need assistance.