Stuff the Bus
United Way holds successful school supply drive for fifth 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 fifth annual STUFF THE BUS school supply drive to equip Hamilton County public school students for success in school. In 2013, more than $54,000 in supplies were collected and donated to the Hamilton County Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) Teacher Supply Depot. That was a 25% increase over the previous year's total. The 2014 goal is to collect $60,000 in 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. If you need assistance with your drive, email email@example.com or call United Way at 423-752-0300.
Currently, supplies can be dropped off at the United Way offices or at the Teacher Supply Depot, located at 2225 Roanoke Avenue, in the old Mary Ann Garber Elementary School building. Supplies can also be purchased and dropped off at area Walgreens Pharmacies after July 20, or area Publix and Walmart stores after July 25.
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.
Because students' supply needs don't end when school begins, Stuff the Bus is always continued through October 31 every year. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 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