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 eleventh annual Stuff the Bus school-supply drive begins Monday, July 8, and plans for the drive are already well underway. More than 50 Frederick businesses and organizations make it easy for the public to participate.
The public may drop off supplies at the Frederick County Public Schools Central Office, 191 S. East Street in Frederick, Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., to the United Way of Frederick County 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 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. A complete list of drop-off site addresses, as well as 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. FCPS Community Agency School Services (CASS) coordinators provide the supply list and coordinate the Stuff the Bus drive with assistance from several community partners.
On Wednesday, August 14, FCPS school buses will make stops at participating businesses to pick up donated school supplies. Community partner agencies will assist in distributing the school supplies; see details about dates and times posted at the above-referenced website. Distribution sites include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Stake Center with assistance from the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, the Glade Valley Food Bank/Town Hall Basement with assistance from Glade Valley Community Services, Graceham Moravian Church, Middletown United Methodist Church with assistance from Middletown Valley People Helping People, and the Steadman-Keenan American Legion with assistance from BEACON.
Last year more than 7,500 students benefited from the drive, with more than 85,000 items donated. It took more than 100 volunteers to load buses that picked up donations from 130 collection sites throughout the county.
For more information, please contact FCPS at 240-236-5390 or the United Way of Frederick County, 240-578-4009.
Preparing for the Stuff the Bus campaign at the FCPS Warehouse (left to right):
Joyce Kwamena-Poh, United Way; Lynn Davis and Christina Karszen, FCPS;
Anastasia Kornilova, Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs;
Kim Sexton, Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ;
Shana Knight, United Way;
Bob Sheffler, Middletown Valley People Helping People;
Pamela Miller, FCPS;
Don Boos, Glade Valley Community Services;
David Humphries, FCPS