Come help Stuff the Bus with stuff, OK?

Published 1:11 am Sunday, July 24, 2011

After a successful debut before the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, Beaufort County Schools’ Stuff the Bus campaign returns for a second year.
The second-annual Stuff the Bus event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6 adjacent to the Washington Wal-Mart.
“Help us Stuff the Bus with school supplies so every child in our county will have the back to school materials they need to succeed,” proclaims a flier publicizing the event.
“The Stuff the Bus campaign allows us to serve needy students by providing school supplies as the school year begins. The campaign allows any community member to participate at any level, with all donations of school supplies being put in the hands of Beaufort County students,” said BCS Superintendent Don Phipps.
“The benefit to the students who receive the supplies is obvious. For their families, it helps lighten the financial load associated with going back to school and all that surrounds a new school year,” Phipps said. “For those who are donating school supplies, it provides an opportunity to help others in a real and immediate way.”
Phipps noted that donations range widely and come from many sources.
“Last year, we saw donations of items that ranged from a few glue sticks or a pack of paper to boxes of notebooks and book bags, all accepted with genuine appreciation. Donations came from individuals and groups. Area churches collected items and donated them, some have done this for years and last year combined their efforts with our Stuff the Bus campaign. Collectively, all who contributed helped students prepare for back to school with essential items that they may have otherwise not had,” Phipps said.
The campaign is effective, he noted.
“The power of the Stuff the Bus campaign is evident when you look at the faces of the individuals bringing donated items as well as the faces of the students receiving them. The generosity shown last year allowed us to help more than 550 students. On behalf of our students who will receive Stuff the Bus items and their families, we thank you in advance for helping us in this way,” Phipps said.

Stuff the Bus campaign
recommended items

Pencils and erasers
Glue sticks
Notebook paper
Spiral notebooks
Hand sanitizer
Back packs (no wheels)
Pencil bags/boxes
Sandwich bags (all sizes)
Three-ring binders
Colored pencils

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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