Back to School with Stuff the Bus

Aug 15, 2010

Guest blogger Katie Blough from Corporate Communications invokes nostalgia to introduce a program to “Stuff the Bus.”

Traveling back in time, I still remember my first day of middle school. My parents took me shopping for new clothes and school supplies, and it was the first time I wore makeup. Walking into the classroom on the first day, I felt completely confident in my new sunflower dress and new back pack swinging off my shoulder.

Every student should feel as confident as I did on the first day of school, but we know some children don’t have the opportunity to go back-to-school shopping. That’s why we’ve partnered with our friends at Fifth Third Bank for “Stuff the Bus.” Our goal is to provide 2,500 back packs to middle school students, a segment that tends to be overlooked during back-to-school drives, and fill them with nutrition, personal care, and back-to-school items.

We’re inviting the community to get involved! Drop boxes have been placed at Fifth Third banking centers around West Michigan to encourage everyone to contribute a few items. At select banking centers, our big yellow school bus will be there so we can literally, stuff the bus full of items as the community drops them off.

We’ll be accepting items now through August 25. Then, Amway volunteers will stuff the backpacks, and the Student Advancement Foundation and Hand2Hand will help us distribute the backpacks to schools, so they can have a great first day.

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