Students in Ashe County Schools report back to school on Monday, Aug. 18, and while most students will arrive with new school supplies in tow, some will come empty-handed.
It’s not for lack of care or interest as much as it is tight economic times for them and their families, which is where the folks at Yadkin Bank and generous, caring local citizens enter into the fray.
The seventh annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign, sponsored by Yadkin Bank, is currently underway and will run through August 13.
“The project started Monday, July 14 and will run through August 13,” Beth E. Hall, commercial relationship specialist with Yadkin Bank in West Jefferson, said. “We will be collecting supplies at our two local branches.”
During the course of the campaign, anyone is welcome to purchase and bring new school supplies to either of the bank’s two county branches, which will in turn help a student(s) get his or her school year off to a proper start.
Those who donate will also be entered into a prize drawing.
“Everyone who brings in supplies can put their name in a drawing for a movie gift basket to be given away at the end of our collection,” Hall said.
All items donated will be distributed to students determined by the schools to be in need of such assistance.
“We truly appreciate any donations and want to thank the community for coming together to help with this wonderful project,” Hall said. “The supplies will be divided among the five local schools and the guidance counselors will give them out as needed.”
Those interested in participating in the campaign can drop off supplies at the West Jefferson branch, located at 1488 Mount Jefferson Road, or the Jefferson branch, located at 709 East Main Street.
“This is our seventh year doing this project,” Hall said. “We love being able to contribute to the success of the local students who may need assistance with getting the school supplies needed for the upcoming year.
For more information, contact Hall at 258-6467.
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.