Help Stuff the Buses!

Help Stuff the Buses!

Left to right, preparing to launch the 9th annual Stuff the Bus campaign are: Front row: FCPS Community Agency School Services (CASS) Coordinators Christine Karszen, Corrina Nobis and Pam Miller Middle row: CASS Coordinator Eileen McGrath, United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) Community Engagement Manager Shana Knight, Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ Associate for Children’s Ministries Kim Sexton, UWFC Operations Director Joyce Kwamena-Poh and Glade Valley Community Services President Don Boos Back row: UWFC Community Impact Director Malcolm Furgol, FCPS Community Engagement Coordinator Tiana Haile, CASS Coordinator Kristen Spear, Middletown Valley People Helping People Board of Directors member and Burgess John Miller, FCPS Student Services Director Jet Reid and UWFC Communications and Marketing Manager Zack Willis.

Each year generous Frederick County businesses and citizens help local children start school with the necessary supplies that some families cannot provide. This year the tradition of kindness continues with the ninth annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive and a community understanding that the best poverty-prevention tool we have is education.

The Frederick County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Community Agency School Services (CASS) Program is partnering with the United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) in this year’s Stuff the Bus campaign through Wednesday, August 9.  Lots of Frederick businesses and organizations make it easy for the public to donate. The goal is to double the five buses filled last year to 10.

Last year more than 1,500 students benefited from the drive, with more than 77 collection sites and over 33,000 items donated.

The public may drop off supplies at the FCPS Central Office, 191 S. East Street, Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., or at the UWFC office at the Bernard W. Brown Community Center, 629 N. Market Street, in downtown Frederick. Numerous other drop-off locations along with a list of helpful supplies are online: Some of the sites include banks, medical practices, gyms, restaurants and stores. Others are the Glade Valley Food Bank/Town Hall Basement in Walkersville and churches such as New Hope United Methodist in Brunswick, Graceham Moravian in Thurmont, The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints in Frederick and Middletown United Methodist.

Items needed range from sturdy backpacks and composition books to loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, glue sticks, scissors and pens and pencils. There is a particular need for backpacks. Also requested are boxes of tissues, bottles of hand sanitizer and zippered storage bags of various sizes. 

On Wednesday, August 9, not one but 10 FCPS buses will make stops at the various businesses to pick up collected school supplies and deliver them to the FCPS Warehouse. Afterward, five community-based organizations will access the Stuff the Bus donations to distribute in local communities to FCPS students. They are the Brunswick Ecumenical Assistance Committee on Need (BEACON), the Catoctin Area School Supply Committee, the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ working with the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, Glade Valley Community Services, Greater Urbana Area Food Bank and Middletown Valley People Helping People.

On distribution day, guardians must bring the student’s ID, report card or school schedule unless pre-registration is required and completed. Distribution for students attending Frederick, Gov. Thomas Johnson and Tuscarora High and the elementary and middle schools that feed into them is Monday, August 14 from noon-7 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 199 North Place, Frederick. For students attending Middletown High and its feeder schools, pre-registration is required by Wednesday August 9 (301-371-3119) for distribution on Thursday, August 17, 3-6 p.m., at the Middletown United Methodist Church, 7108 Fern Court. Distribution for Walkersville High and its feeder schools is Sunday, August 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Glade Valley Food Pantry/Town Hall Basement, 21 W. Frederick Street, Walkersville. For students attending Catoctin High and its feeder schools, distribution is Tuesday, August 22, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Graceham Moravian Church, 8231-A Rocky Ridge Road, Thurmont. For students attending Linganore, Oakdale and Urbana High or their feeder schools, distribution information is available by contacting Jo Ostby at for dates, times and directions.

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