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Stuff the Bus campaign helps 1,200 students in need

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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 year.

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 District said.

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 supplies.

"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 financial aid.

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