Even though summer is in session and students are not going to school, a big yellow bus will be filled.
The annual Stuff the Bus initiative organized by United Way of Forsyth County will run through July to collect school supplies for students in need.
“Donations will go to Forsyth County Schools and other local organizations serving our students,” said Melissa Corliss, director of community impact for the local United Way chapter.
Items can be dropped off at the United Way office at 240 Elm Street between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Last year, 20 companies and organizations collected more than 48,000 items that were distributed to children through Forsyth County Schools social workers and teachers.
“Starting school off on the right track from the very first day is so important to a student’s overall success,” Corliss said. “The Stuff the Bus program enables Forsyth County students to begin a new school year with the tools and supplies they need to achieve that success.”
United Way brought Stuff the Bus to Forsyth County in 2009 through its efforts to support low-income and at-risk students.
In its first year, 3,000 school supplies were collected and distributed to about 300 students.
Since then, about 180,000 items have been donated.
For more information, visit unitedwayforsyth.com or call (770) 781-4110.