Each year generous Frederick County businesses and citizens help students start school with the necessary supplies that some families cannot provide. This year is no exception. The tenth annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive begins Thursday, July 5, but plans for the drive are already well underway.
As in prior years, 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 15. More than 50 Frederick businesses and organizations make it easy for the public to participate.
Last year more than 3,300 students benefited from the drive, with more than 70,000 items donated. It took 85 volunteers to load buses that picked up donations from more than 110 collection sites throughout the county.
The public may drop off supplies at the FCPS Central Office, 191 S. East Street in Frederick, Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., to the UWFC office at the Bernard W. Brown Community Center, 629 N. Market Street in Frederick, or any of more than 50 other locations throughout the county, listed online at https://www.unitedwayfrederick.org/StuffTheBus. Some of the locations are Costco, the Frederick Keys Baseball Stadium, JC Penney, KinderCare Learning Centers, Krispy Kreme-Frederick, Macy’s, the Pediatric Center, Roy Rogers, Target, Wegmans, the YMCA and multiple banks.
Drop-off site addresses, a supply list and additional information about participating or making a monetary donation are online at www.unitedwayfrederick.org/stuffthebus.
Supplies needed range from sturdy backpacks and composition books to loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, glue sticks, safety scissors, pens and pencils, highlighters and erasers. Also requested are colored markers, index cards, spiral notebooks, rulers and boxes of tissues.
On Wednesday, August 15, FCPS school buses will make stops at the businesses to pick up collected school supplies. The Stuff the Bus campaign will also assist community partner agencies in local school-supply distributions; places and dates are included at the above-referenced website.
For more information, please contact United Way of Frederick County, 240-578-4009, or FCPS at 240-236-5390.