Local school districts unite for "Fill the bus" back to school project

Cheryl E Preston

Roanoke Valley begins the Fill the Bus back to school driveDarian Vladu Unsplash

Local school districts unite for a worthy cause

Roanoke City, Craig County, and Roanoke County schools are teaming up for the "Load the Bus" back-to-school drive. The goal is to ensure students have everything they need prior to the beginning of the school year. School districts across the Roanoke Valley are currently collecting supplies and donations for students in need now through Virginia’s Tax-Free Weekend which is from August 5-7.

Chuck Lionberger, director of community relations of Roanoke County Public Schools said: “Teachers every year spend just an incredible amount of money, providing supplies for students, but we want to be able to cover that.”Roanoke County school leaders say every donation has the potential to help a student learn, even as many families continue to recover from the effects created by the pandemic."

He also pointed out that in every school year there are parents who for whatever reason are unable to supply what their children need for school and this drive is a way to help. According to WDBJ7 News, you can visit the following Roanoke Valley, Walmart stores located at Valley View, Salem, Bonsack, or Clearbrook Salem, to donate supplies. There will be bins at the registers where doated items can be placed.

The supplies that students need

For those wondering what type of schools supplies to donate here is a list that is being recommended: Notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, backpacks, glue sticks, 3-ring binders, crayons, colored pencils, notebook paper (college and wide-ruled), folders, scissors, highlighters, and construction paper are suggested. Classrooms also need items like tissues, printer paper, dry erase markers and hand sanitizer. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

Roanoke County Public Schools Acting Superintendent Dr. Ken Nicely said the following to WDBJ7. ”Each year, thousands of children across the Roanoke Valley begin school without the supplies they need to be successful,”“Walmart is teaming up with area school systems to work together to provide the tools our children need in school. Every single donation will help a student learn and achieve, even as many families continue to recover from the effects created by the pandemic."

The ultimate goal is to fill school buses with enough supplies for every student who has a need.

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