This was a record-breaking year for Stuff the Bus, collecting more than 12,000 items over last year’s record-setting 25,000. Materials collected will help fill school-supply gaps in classrooms for the 2017-2018 school year.
Prizes for the winning corporate partners included: team building fun at Autobaun Indoor Speedway (first place) and a package of Jacksonville Jaguars tickets (second place).
Stuff the Bus culminated on a school-supply drop-off day at The Markets at St. Johns Town Center, where hundreds of Northeast Florida residents dropped off supplies that were then loaded into a school bus on site. Monday, Aug. 7, volunteers from TD Bank unloaded the school bus and sorted the supplies at the duPont Center for distribution to the schools.
As a result of Stuff the Bus, thousands of students and teachers across Northeast Florida will have a more successful school year.
“Change doesn’t happen alone, and the community’s eagerness to collect and donate was amazing,” said Phyllis Martin, United Way’s head of community impact and strategic investments. “We are so thankful to our partners, volunteers and donors for reacting to this need. Classrooms in need will be much more prepared to achieve great success this school year.”