united way of greater chattanooga


July 26th, 2012

United Way's third annual Stuff the Bus drive benefits Hamilton County PTA's Teacher Supply Depot

About 25 percent of Hamilton County public school students live at or below poverty level. That means many area students lack the supplies they need to go back to school prepared for success. So United Way of Greater Chattanooga invites the community to donate to the third annual STUFF THE BUS school supply drive for children and teens to equip Hamilton County public school students for success. In 2011, $15,000 in supplies were collected and donated to theHamilton County Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) Teacher Supply Depot. The 2012 goal is to collect $40,000 in school supplies.

United Way and the Hamilton County PTA's Teacher Supply Depot are asking people to host school supply drives at their businesses, schools, and places of worship, or just donate school supplies at a participating drop-off event or location. Go online at LiveUnitedChattanooga.org to download posters, supply lists and other templates to help organize a drive. All school supply donations go to the Hamilton County PTA's Teacher Supply Depot, a 501c3. Any Hamilton County public school teacher who is a member of a Hamilton County public school PTA can shop at the Hamilton County PTAs Teacher Supply Depot to receive school supplies at no cost.

The list of Stuff the Bus partners has grown this year. Joining long-time sponsor Publix are Walgreens Pharmacies; Top Flight paper company; Office Depot; the Social Media Alliance of Chattanooga; Fairway Outdoor; WRCB TV; Chattanooga Times Free Press; Clear Channel Radio Group; Comcast; Chattanooga Elks Lodge #91 in East Brainerd; Hamilton Place Mall; and the Chattanooga Market.

The following is a list of current collection locations, events, dates and times. Please contact United Way at 423-752-0300 or visit the website atwww.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org for continuing updates:

  • All Walgreens stores in Hamilton County are collecting supplies throughSaturday, August 18. Just look for the collection barrels near the school supply display.
  • All Publix stores in Hamilton County are collecting supplies throughSunday, August 12. Just look for the premade school supply bags near the check-out lines.
  • Hamilton Place Mall, August 3 & 4, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day for the 25th Anniversary Celebration and Tax Free weekend. United Way volunteers will be selling – for $5 – slices of a 25 foot-long cookie donated by the American Cookie Company. Proceeds will be used to buy school supplies for the PTA's Teacher Supply Depot.
  • The Chattanooga Market, Sunday, August 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  on Live United Day. United Way will collect supplies and cash to Stuff the Bus at the Market all day.
  • United Way's Campaign Kickoff Luncheon at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center, Tuesday, August 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • All meetings of the Social Media Alliance of Chattanooga through the end of 2012. You can find future meeting dates at www.facebook.com/smacnooga and www.community.nooga.org
  • The Hamilton County PTAs Teacher Supply Depot,  Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the old Mary Ann Garber School, 2225 Roanoke Avenue. For more information go to www.hcptacouncil.org.
  • The United Way offices at 630 Market Street can receive donations Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Comcast offices at 1948 North Point Blvd., Suite B, in Hixson, and at 2030 E. Polymer Drive near Lee Highway. 
  • Other collection events and locations TBA

Because students' supply needs don't end when school begins, Stuff the Bus will be continued through October. Lists for needed supplies by grade level can be found at http://www.hcde.org/hamilton-county-schools/dress-code-supply-lists. You may also donate dollars to United Way for the purchase of school supplies. Any amount is welcome and all donations are tax deductible. 

For more information, go to www.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org, call 423-752-0300, or email communityrelations@uwchatt.org.

Look at the download column to your right. Here you can download posters, flyers, guides and other materials. Check back often to find new materials as the list is updated frequently. 

Here are the top 50 school supplies the Hamilton County public school teachers surveyed say they need.

1. Wood pencils (no plastic coating)

2. White copy paper

3. Crayola markers

4. Crayola crayons

5. Dry erase markers

6. Hand sanitizer

7. Kleenex

8. Index cards

9. Paper towels

10. Post-it notes

11. Freezer bags (gallon, quart, and sandwich size)

12. Colored pencils

13. Sharpie markers (thin and thick tip)

14. Teacher pens (black, red and other colors)

15. Scotch tape

16. Staples

17. Glue sticks

18. Scissors

19. Clorox/Lysol wipes

20. Construction paper

21. Colored copy paper

22. Pocket folders (with prongs, various colors)

23. Electric pencil sharpeners

24. Paper clips (large and small)

25. Glue

26. Notebook paper

27. Staplers

28. Highlighters

29. Manila file folders

30. White card stock

31. Rubber bands (big and small)

32. Band-aids

33. Composition books

34. Spiral notebooks

35. Push pins

36. Air freshener/Febreeze spray

37. Cap erasers

38. Rulers

39. Poster board

40. Dry erase board cleaner

41. Masking tape

42. Colored card stock

43. Clear packing tape

44. Page protectors

45. 3 ring binders

46. File folder labels

47. Insertable dividers for binders

48. Binder clips

49. Printer ink cartridges

50. Single subject spiral notebooks



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