Stuff the Bus campaign helps 1,200 students in need
WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -
School buses were filling up in Wisconsin Rapids, but not
with students. That's still a few weeks away.
Thousands of school supplies were loaded into buses for the
5th annual Stuff the Bus campaign, just in time for the new school
Notebooks, crayons and everything in between was all loaded
onto school buses in Wisconsin Rapids.
"We try to do what we can to help those families that are
struggling economically," Mary Schultz from the Wisconsin Rapids School
The Stuff the Bus campaign helps students in southern Wood
County, by asking members of the community to donate.
Organizers say there's a big need, as more than 1,200
students in the area cannot afford these every day school supplies.
"Make sure all students are able to start the school year
with the tools that they need to be successful," Stuff the Bus committee member
Tessa Gruszynski said.
"We just start unloading it, packing it, boxing it up and
putting it on these buses," Schultz said.
The campaign also received more than $3,500. That money will
help buy supplies that aren't showing up on these buses.
"We take it for granted having all these things and a lot of
kids don't have them," Lincoln High School junior Nick Munce said.
Everything on the buses will be handed out to students in
south Wood County next week. That part of the event is called Stuff the Desk.
Students will be able to walk away with a full backpack of those much needed
"We know how expensive this time of year can be for
families, they have enough to worry about," Schultz said.
These supplies are given to families who qualify for