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‘Stuff the Bus’ helps students

Instead of enjoying one of the their last Saturdays of the summer, several students from the Farmington High School and Middle School spent part of their day helping to collect school supplies for the Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive sponsored by the United Way of Southeast Missouri.

“We have been bringing a bus over to the Farmington Walmart for at least five years, maybe more,” said Stacy Williams, the transportation manager for the Farmington School year. “We had a very good turnout this past Saturday and were able fill an entire school bus with schools supplies.”

During the supply drive, students asked members of the community to purchase school supplies for those students whose families would not be able to afford the basic items necessary for the start of school.

According to Williams, the items are then divided up equally among the eight schools in the district and distributed to students who are in need.

“If a child is in need, we are able to provide them with almost all of their school supplies,” Williams said. “It feels really good to be able to help kids out.”

Although Williams said the school supply drive was a success, they are still asking parents who may have a used backpacks in good condition to donate those to the drive as well.

Parents can drop off items to any of the schools and Williams said the items will get to a child in need.

Following a long tradition of helping students whenever possible, students from the Farmington School District spent the day gathering donations of school supplies for the

Following a long tradition of helping students whenever possible, students from the Farmington School District spent the day gathering donations of school supplies for the “Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive” on Aug. 5 at the Farmington Walmart. 

Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3629 or cvaughn@farmingtonpressonline.com

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