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Stuff the Bus helps students go back to school with the right tools

Stuff the Bus helps students go back to school

by Elizabeth Fay

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW)--When the school bell rings, teachers expect students to be ready to learn with school supplies on hand. New backpacks, binders, markers, and more really add up!

"For school supplies, probably a hundred dollars for each of the students and clothes, maybe more," says father of two students, John Krings.

That's why volunteers in Wisconsin Rapids host a "Stuff the Bus" event.

People donate school supplies for about 1,200 South Wood County students to lift the financial burden off low income families.

"When kids come from disadvantaged families that maybe can't afford to get their school supplies, they come to school and they are singled out right away. 'Oh they can't get this. They don't have any.' It just sets them off at a wrong start to the year," says Counselor from Wisconsin Public Schools, Mary Schultz.

Volunteers met at Veterans Memorial Park to organize scissors, markers, crayons- all the essentials to send students off to school right.

"It's good that the community supports Stuff the Bus so that the children that don't have the supplies that they need can have good school supplies," says Krings.

"It's nice to have new things because you don't have to keep buying new things throughout the year if they break," says student, Toni Kiedrowski

All the items go onto the bus then they're shipped to Lincoln High School. Next Week, the students will stock up on all the materials.

"We want kids to be on an equal level when they start school. They enter just like anybody else and they have a great start to the school year," says Schultz


Stuff the Bus still needs donations for items like backpacks, binders, calculators and markers. Organizers are also accepting cash or gift card donations.

You can drop off donations at the Wisconsin Rapids Family Resource Center.

1430 2nd St N Wisconsin Rapids

(715) 421-2622

Online Reporter: Elizabeth Fay

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