Stuff the Bus to provide help to needy students

There is very little fair about life, but that doesn’t mean that efforts should not be made to line up people equally at the starting line, especially when we are talking about children and their education.

Classes begin in the Public Schools of Robeson County in less than a month, and if the math holds, about 10,000 of the 24,000 children who attend school come from homes that depend somewhat on food stamps, so we know they face difficult choices each day making decisions on how to spend what limited dollars they have.

In those households, simple school supplies — which most of their classmates take for granted — are likely to get pushed far down on the shopping list. Children who show up to school without some of the basics — pens, pencils and notebooks — not only have a steeper hill to climb, they have to deal with embarrassment and probably some teasing or even bullying.

With that in mind, Communities in Schools in 2005 launched its Stuff the Bus campaign, which is trumpeted by those yellow school buses you see parked alongside busy roads in early August each year. One is now parked in the front yard of The Robesonian newspaper because we have enlisted this year as a sponsor of the campaign with Communities in Schools.

During the campaign, people are encouraged to drop off school supplies. This year that can be done at our building, which is located at 2175 N. Roberts Ave. in Lumberton, today, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during which there will be a little celebration.

Those who donate will be eligible to win prizes in a raffle, but the best reason to donate is that doing so will better equip a young person to succeed in school, which benefits everybody.

Suggested donations include pencils, folders, pens, notebooks, paper, glue, scissors and crayons. People who don’t have time to shop or visit the newspaper can donate money. Checks can be mailed to Communities in Schools of Robeson County, P.O. Box 706, Lumberton, N.C., 28359.

The Stuff the Bus campaign is just another way that Communities in Schools, which runs a school in Pembroke for at-risk children, is contributing to the community. On this effort, they need the public’s help.

We hope you will drop by and chip in.

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