On Thursday, June 26th, the 4th Annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive was officially launched. It was a sunny day at Sherwood Elementary School in Salinas. Various program partners and participants were in attendance. They enthusiastically listened to guest speakers share stories about how the school supplies have positively impacted students in need.
Since 2011, Stuff the Bus has been answering the needs of Monterey County’s homeless K-8 students. The number of homeless students continues to rise each year. The number of sponsors, host sites, partners, donors, and supporters rise each year in response. They generously dedicate their resources to starting the students in need off right for the coming school year.
The great thing about Stuff the Bus is that anyone in Monterey County can participate! You can donate $25, which pays for a backpack with all the necessary supplies. You can also donate school supplies and backpacks at any participating host site throughout the county. You can donate at local Rabobank or Union Bank locations. You can donate at these local libraries: Pacific Grove Library, Monterey Public Library, Prunedale Library, Cesar Chavez Library, or Marina Library. You can also donate at locations of other community partners such as the Salinas Valley Community Church and the Seaside Fire Department. These partners have shopping lists so that you know what to donate. They also have small pop-up school buses that you can put your donated school supplies into.
Stuff the Bus is not just about giving out school supplies. It’s about giving students confidence on their first day of school. A child’s confidence is a powerful force that has far-reaching effects on their classroom performance and overall success in school. By participating in this program, you will be doing your part to help students thrive on their journeys of learning.