Each year generous Frederick County businesses and citizens help local children start school with the necessary supplies that some families are unable to provide. This year the tradition of kindness continues with the 10th 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 15. Lots of Frederick businesses and organizations make it easy for the public to donate.
Last year more than 3,300 students benefited from the drive, with over 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 buses will make stops at the various businesses to pick up collected school supplies and deliver them to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 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, Glade Valley Community Services, the Greater Urbana Area Food Bank, Middletown Valley People Helping People, and the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs. For a list of drop-off locations directly to the agencies that invite parents and guardians to pick up supplies, please visit https://www.fcps.org/academics/files/documents/cass/CASS_SchoolSupplies_2018-19.pdf.
The schedule for distribution of school supplies is as follows. On distribution day, guardians must bring the student’s ID, report card or school schedule unless pre-registration is required and completed.
For students who attend Frederick, Gov. Thomas Johnson and Tuscarora High and the elementary and middle schools that feed into them: Thursday, August 16 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 199 North Place, Frederick.
For students attending Middletown High and its feeder schools: Thursday, August 16, 3-6 p.m., at the Middletown United Methodist Church, 7108 Fern Circle.
For students attending Brunswick High and its feeder schools: Saturday, August 18, 9 a.m.-noon, at the New Hope United Methodist Church, 7 S. Maryland Avenue, Brunswick.
For students attending Walkersville High and its feeder schools: Sunday, August 19, 11 a.m.-2 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: Tuesday, August 21, 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: Contact Jo Ostby at firstname.lastname@example.org for dates, times and directions.
For more information, please call 301-644-5238.