‘Stuff the Bus’ to help provide supplies

By Scott Halasz shalasz@civitasmedia.com

July 24, 2014

XENIA — Xenia Community Schools and the schools Foundation are teaming up to once again “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for students.

Started last year by parent volunteer Stephanie Johnston, the event — 5-7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the central office parking lot — gives residents the opportunity to donate supplies that will be distributed to the schools and given to students who need them.

“Some kids will bring in your standard pencil, papers,” Johnston said. “(But) they can’t afford (the other items). It’s really to supplement those who come into the school and don’t have anything.”

First Student will supply a bus and those donating literally put their items on the bus. Parents can pick up bus schedules and attendees can can learn about bus safety as well. All supplies collected will be distributed to the school buildings, based on need.

“We had a ton of donations given (last year),” Johnston said. “We’re just hoping to keep it going so we can provide for the students and staff.”

Free snow cones will be provided and new this year is a dunk tank, sponsored by the XCS Foundation. Superintendent Pro Tem Denny Morrison, Treasurer Tracy Jarvis and Central Middle School Principal Debra Herman have already volunteer to be dunked, Johnston said. A certain Xenia Daily Gazette staff writer is also rumored to have volunteered for the tank.

Throws are $1 each or six for $5 and all money collected will be equally divided among the buildings to purchase supplies.

Johnston said all residents, regardless of their ties to the school, are invited to attend.

“It gives an opportunity for those in the community that don’t have kids in the district to donate to the kids,” Johnston said. “They always ask, ‘What can we do?’”