Stuff the Bus – annual school supplies drive to benefit schools in Peachtree Corners and Norcross is now in process.
School starts August 5. That’s right. And our students need help to be ready for the classroom. If you’ve done any shopping at all, you probably have noticed the big drop in prices for school supplies which means you can scoop up some great bargains. Take those bargains to one of more than 20 places collecting school supplies and walk out with a big smile knowing you have helped our future leaders.
Would you be able to do your work if you did not have the tools and supplies you need? Of course not. It’s the same in the classroom. Our schools budgets were cut drastically several years ago along with other state-wide budgets; and they have yet to recover. Schools just cannot cover all the materials and supplies students need. So citizens like you help close the gap.
We know that we have a high percentage of students whose parent’s income is at or below poverty. That means the family cannot afford to purchase all the supplies needed. However, poverty does not equate to poor students, inadequate teaching or low test scores. Gwinnett County continues to rank high in the state and in the country. And it is just going to get better because we have more and more people who want to help students through mentoring, adopting classrooms, encouraging students, reading with them, supplying books and collecting supplies that get used up quickly in the classroom.
More than 20 merchants, city halls, churches and organizations are pitching in to help. The drive is sponsored by the Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership and the Southwest Gwinnett chamber of Commerce. For a complete list of supplies needed, visit www.norcrosscsp.org.
Here are the sites where you can drop off supplies. For information about the drive, please call 770-849-0078.
Taqueria del Mar (Ingles Center)
Walmart N’hood Mkt (Winters Chapel)