The Okaloosa County School District needs help preparing students without the means to equip themselves for the upcoming school year.
The annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive, will take place on Saturday, July 28. The drive aims to gather essential school supplies to support local students preparing for the new academic year.
Last year’s Stuff the Bus campaign was a tremendous success, collecting over $11,000 worth of supplies that benefited more than 10,000 students across 53 schools in Okaloosa and Walton counties.
With generous contributions from the community, donors gave students the tools students needed to excel in their studies.
This year, organizers must ask again for generosity to ensure every student has access to the necessary supplies for a successful academic journey. The Stuff, the Bus School Supply Drive, has become an essential event for local families and businesses, allowing them to make a tangible impact on the lives of students in need.
Superintendent Marcus Chambers of the Okaloosa County School District expressed his appreciation for the ongoing support, saying, “We are immensely grateful for any assistance that enables our students to have the supplies they need for a successful school year.” Chambers also thanked United Way, the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, and the various community sponsors who have significantly empowered students through their generous donations.
On Saturday, July 28, from 8 am to 4 pm, three prominent Walmart locations will serve as collection points for the community’s donations:
Dedicated district staff members will be present at each location, working alongside Cumulus Radio representatives to create a vibrant and engaging atmosphere. The event will allow community members to make a difference by donating school supplies or making monetary contributions.
The event’s timing coincides with Florida’s tax-free weekend, encouraging individuals to maximize their impact by adding a few extra items to their shopping carts. Additionally, monetary donations will enable local schools to take advantage of bulk discounts, stretching the value of each contribution even further.
Please check out the student needs list to ensure your money spent on supplies isn’t wasted. You can see that list here.