Stuff the Bus
United Way holds successful school supply drive for fourth year
As many as 55.4% of Hamilton County public school students are classified as economically disadvantaged.* That means these students probably lack the supplies they need to go back to school prepared for success. And most public school teachers spend almost $1,000 of their own money annually on school supplies and educational materials.** So United Way of Greater Chattanooga invites the community to donate to the fourth annual STUFF THE BUS school supply drive to equip Hamilton County public school students for success in school. In 2012, more than $42,000 in supplies were collected and donated to the Hamilton County Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) Teacher Supply Depot. That was more than a 100% increase over the previous year's total. The 2013 goal is to collect $50,000 in supplies.
To date, United Way has collected more than $52,000 in supplies and cash, and more is still on it's way. That is in addition to a generous, anonymous donation of $378,000.00 in hand sanitizers! Even though we've passed our goal, let's keep trying. $60,000 in supplies by October 31 would go a long way to keeping the PTA's school supply warehouse full for public school teachers in Hamilton County.
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. This year's sponsors are Walgreens Pharmacies, Top Flight, Publix, Fairway Outdoor, WRCB TV, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Clear Channel Radio Group, Comcast Xfinity, Brewhaus, COS Business Products & Interiors, 2 Men and a Truck, Hamilton Place Mall, The Gap, and the Chattanooga Market.
United Way is also grateful for the many faith-based organizations, churches and small businesses that are running school supply drives to contribute to this effort. If you need assistance with your drive, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call United Way at 423-752-0300.
The following is a list of current collection locations, events, dates and times. Please visit the website frequently at www.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org for ongoing updates:
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 on the websites of individual Hamilton County public schools. 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 email@example.com.
* Hamilton County Department of Education, 2012 Report Card—55.4% of students are classified as economically disadvantaged as defined by the following: “The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools, and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches each school day. Eligibility requirements are linked to federal poverty guidelines with those below 130% of the poverty status eligible for free lunch and those families at less than 185% eligible for reduced price lunch. Student eligibility for free or reduced lunch is a measure of family income below 185% the poverty threshold.”
** The 2013 NSSEA Retail Market Awareness Study