Help send kids back to school with Stuff the Bus

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It's time once again to help Stuff the Bus and send kids in the valley back to school with the supplies they need.

The Augusta, Staunton, and Waynesboro; Harrisonburg and Rockingham; and Page districts are holding their Stuff the Bus supply drives over tax free weekend, from August 4-6.

This year, Shenandoah County collected supplies from July 7-9 because of schools in the county starting earlier this year than previous years. The Shenandoah County Sheriff's office said 560 people registered in the county for backpacks and supplies for the upcoming school year.

SCSO said they collected enough supplies to fill more than 600 backpacks and deliver them to kids.

Volunteers will be collecting supplies from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m on August 4-6 at Walmart stores in Harrisonburg, Dayton, Timberville, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Luray. There will also be a box to collect supplies at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Port Republic Road. School supplies will stay in the county you donate them.

The United Way of Greater Augusta said they are looking to collect $70,000 in supplies. Last year volunteers collected more than $60,000 in supplies. All supplies collected go to local schools to be distributed to students.

In Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, the United Way said 2016 was a record breaking year, collecting more than $95,000 in donations with 300 volunteers. This year, the group hopes to collect $120,000 worth of supplies.

Page One said they collected 12,000 items last year and are looking to collect 14,000 this year. Supplies will go to local schools to be distributed to students.

The United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and United Way of Greater Augusta are also still looking for volunteers.

Any school supplies can be donated, but here is a list of the most needed supplies requested for donation:

  • Glue sticks

  • #2 Pencils

  • Scissors

  • Pens

  • Back packs

  • Wide-ruled notebook paper

  • Construction paper

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Tape

  • White Bottled Glue

  • Colored Pencils

  • Erasers

  • Pencil Boxes

  • Spiral 1-Subject Notebooks

  • Marble Composition Books

  • 2-Pocket Folders

  • Tissues

  • Highlighters

  • 3 Inch Binders

  • Binder Dividers

  • Index Cards

  • Crayons

  • Markers