Stuff the Bus campaign for local kids who lack back to school supplies

Regardless of what the final version of back to school looks like in August and September, area kids will need supplies to do their best in the classroom or from home.

The United Way of Northeast Michigan is hosting a Stuff the Bus campaign to gather donations of back to school supplies for children who come from low income families and cannot afford some of the essentials.

Officials say that many students in the region will return to school without the supplies they need, which puts those kids at a disadvantage and has an adverse effect on their ability to learn. Not having the proper supplies can also cause social and emotional issues for young students.

The Stuff the Bus campaign is being held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Supplies or financial donations can be dropped off at the bus parked in the Walgreens’ parking lot, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The campaign is focused on students in 6th through 12th grade. Suggested donations include single subject note books, colored pencils, mechanical pencils, erasers, white out, highlighters, pocket folders, tissues and hand sanitizer.

For more information contact the United Way office at 354-2221.