Stuff the Bus on Aug.30

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By The Staff

Folks are always reminded to "watch out" for school buses when the school year first begins. However, officials with the Levy County Schools Foundation hope you will keep an "eye out" for the big yellow buses for another important reason.

A Foundation project called "Stuff the Bus" is under way throughout the county. On Saturday, Aug. 30, school buses will be parked at the following locations for residents to stuff the vehicles with school supplies from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Williston: Hitchcock's Foodway, U.S Hwy 27

Bronson: Buy N Save Grocery, Alt. U.S. Hwy 27

Chiefland: Walgreens, U.S. Hwy 19

Cedar Key: Dollar General Store, SR 24 in Rosewood

Inglis/Yankeetown: Food Ranch Store, U.S. Hwy 19

"Our Stuff the Bus project is more crucial this year than ever," said Foundation President Missy Seay.

"In light of deep budget cuts statewide, teachers will be spending a lot more of their own money to purchase school supplies for their classrooms.This community project will collect supplies from our generous residents and redistribute the items among our county's teachers who will then give them to our students. This is an easy way for local residents to make a big impact in their county's classrooms."

Citizens are asked to donate cash, gift cards or school supplies at the bus locations. Requested items include:

Pens, Pencils, Erasers

Colored Pencils






Pocket Folders (with prongs)


Hand Soap/Sanitizer


Checks should be made payable to: Levy County Schools Foundation and designated as "Stuff the Bus" contributions. Donations may also be ma iled to Stuff the Bus c/o Levy County Schools Foundation, PO Box 1386 Bronson, FL 32621.

Businesses are also encouraged to give cash donations and/or donate unwanted office supplies which might be taking up much-needed storage space. Old stationery, outdated paper goods (such as imprinted cups or napkins) or extra supplies of any kind are welcome.

"This is also a great idea for local churches and civic clubs to adopt as a service project," said Bro. Keith Stewart of Morriston Baptist Church.

"Encourage your members to individually collect school supplies to pack back packs, or collectively raise money through bake sales, yard sales, etc. Especially encourage the children to pick up some extra supplies to give to other kids less fortunate. It makes a great lesson about giving."

For more information about "Stuff the Bus" or to make a contribution, contact the Foundation at (352) 486-5231.