Help “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for local students

| July 30, 2014

COSHOCTON – Going back to school means a need for new crayons, notebooks and pencils, but for many local students, basic supplies can be hard to come by. The United Way of Coshocton is partnering with Walmart and Women of Witness with hopes to address that need, through its annual “Stuff the Bus” operation. Women of Witness has been spearheading the collection of school supplies for 12 years so far. The event will take place on Aug. 1-10 at the Coshocton Wal-Mart store. Anything collected will go to students from Coshocton County schools.

“It’s a vital program because we have schools here in Coshocton County where 70% of the children are eligible for free or reduced lunch,” said Lyn Mizer of Coshocton County United Way. “We want to make sure that families are not choosing between food or school supplies.”

The supply list includes glue sticks, number two pencils, scissors, pens, wide-ruled notebook paper, hi-liters, folders, rulers, etc. People are also welcome to donate any other supplies. WOW has purchased book bags in advance, so there is not a need for those. The group will not take calls in advance to reserve them this year.

In addition to school supply donations, United Way is in need of volunteers to help collect, pack and deliver the school supplies. For more information about volunteering, call the office at 622-4567 or Women of Witness at 622-3797. The bags with supplies will be distributed from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at New Life Ministries on 7th Street. The groups are hoping to collect enough supplies to fill 750 back packs.

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