July 27 2020 0comment

United Way and Local Partners Work to Stuff the Virtual Bus to Help Kids Succeed in School

Back-to-school costs can be challenging, but for families struggling financially, they can be crippling. Struggling families could be faced with the question of choosing between buying school supplies or putting food on the table.  United Way of the Wabash Valley is partnering with local school corporations to help ease the cost for families in our community.

The annual Stuff the Bus school supply donation drive is going virtual this year.  A collaborative event among United Way of the Wabash Valley, Clay Community Schools, North Central Parke Community School Corporation, Northeast School Corporation, South Vermillion Community School Corporation, Southwest School Corporation, and Vigo County School Corporation provides school supplies directly to local children in need.  Visit www.uwwv.org/school by August 7th to select a school district of your choice and order from their Amazon Wish List.  Supplies will be delivered directly to the school and distributed by school staff to families in need.  If you don’t feel like shopping monetary donations will be accepted thru the website and the most needed supplies will be purchased for the school districts.

“One in five of our local children live in poverty, but having school supplies should not limit their academic success,” stated Richard Payonk, Executive Director of the United Way of the Wabash Valley. “School administrators tell us that children routinely show up to school without the basic tools they need to do their school work.  We are committed to ensuring that all of our children have access to the basic foundation they need to succeed in school to help set them up for lifelong success.  Preparing our youth to succeed plays a vital role in our community goal of moving 10,000 families out of financial struggles and into stability.”

It isn’t just about crayons and paper, but it is about giving kids the tools they need to learn, create, and explore.  We’re giving kids the resources to learn new words, solve new math problems, express their creativity, and to start each day ready to learn and succeed.  And during these trying times, we are giving families a sigh of relief.

Help us Stuff the Virtual Bus by donating school supplies at uwwv.org/school to help ensure that local students start their school year with the necessary tools.  All supplies will be distributed by the local school corporations to the children in need. Please contact the United Way office at 812-235-6287 if you need more information or would like to make a direct monetary donation.