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Time for Bulloch to 'Stuff the Bus'
Annual school supply drive now underway
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For the fourth consecutive year, Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and United Way of Southeast Georgia are partnering for their annual "Stuff the Bus" back-to-school supply drive.

Stuff the Bus allows citizens the opportunity to provide school supplies for children in need in the Bulloch County school system.

"We know that several local churches and organizations provide opportunities for parents and children to pick up school supplies at various events during the month of July. However, many families are unable to attend these events or find that they need more supplies than these events are able to provide," said Lora Cooper, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County. "Programs like Stuff the Bus can fill in the gap that these families find themselves in."

Cooper said creating partnerships is important.

"We partner with the Bulloch County Board of Education's school social worker, who communicates directly with school counselors who have identified children at their respective schools who are in need of school supplies," she said. "We are able to assist children and their families in having a successful school year by collecting a reserve of school supplies that can be tapped into at both the beginning of the school year and throughout the year as children run out of these much-needed school necessities."

School supplies will be collected throughout the month of July until after school starts the first week of August.

Supplies can be dropped off at the following locations in Statesboro: Farmers & Merchants Bank, Core Credit Union, BB&T, Sea Island Bank, Queensborough National Bank, Renasant Bank, Citizens Bank, Bulloch First, and Colony Bank.

According to Cooper, each year, there seems to be a huge need for kindergarten mats and book bags for children from elementary through high school. A full list of needed supplies can be found at www.bullochschools.org, and an abbreviated list is available at drop-off locations.

Bob Olliff, executive director of United Way of Southeast Georgia, said: "We are hopeful that our efforts will help the children in our school system have a successful school year. As always happens when you give, you get back so much more, and knowing you are helping a child succeed is a great return on your investment."

One new partner of this year's drive is the Tormenta FC soccer team. Tormenta is holding a promotion night during Saturday's final home game against Tri-Cities, with a possible playoff birth on the line. The team is encouraging all fans who attend the game to bring school supplies for the drive.

"This is just another way Tormenta is getting involved in our community, and we are excited that they chose this to be a part of," Olliff said.

Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Matthew Catholic Church, two long-time supporters of the Stuff the Bus campaign, are also partnering with Prevent Child Abuse, which is always looking for others partners for this worthwhile endeavor.

For more information on Stuff the Bus 2017 and how you can help, call the Outreach Center office at (912) 489-8547 or the United Way office at (912) 489-8475.

 

 

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