Shoppers ‘Stuff the Bus’ for students


United Way holds school supply drive

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com



Mike Ullery | Daily Call Boxes of crayons are just a few of the items being donated to the Piqua Area United Way’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive. The event also garnered glue, scissors, erasers, folders, pencils, pens and other items to be distributed in local schools.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua United Way director Sean Ford chat with WPTW’s Joe Laber during Friday’s Stuff the Bus event at the Piqua Walmart on Friday.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Boxes of glue, scissors, erasers and other necessities are among the donated items for the Piqua Area United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign.


PIQUA — With classes beginning within a few days for Piqua students, the Piqua Area United Way is making sure that local schools are stocked with extra supplies.

The Piqua Area United Way held their fifth annual Stuff the Bus event at the Piqua Walmart Friday, with shoppers donating a wide range of school supplies. From pencils to highlighters, notebooks to folders, and tissue boxes to hand sanitizer, the local community is making sure students’ needs are met this coming school year.

“My heart has swelled this morning,” Sean Ford, executive director of the Piqua Area United Way, said Friday after seeing the community support for the event and the large numbers of donations. “People are coming out and dropping off a ton of school supplies.”

Ford said that it was not an average school supply drive, as the donated items will be taken directly to Piqua City Schools to a staff and faculty meeting being held Monday.

“They will be used locally,” Ford said. “We’re taking it directly from here to the hands of teachers and administrators.”

By giving the supplies directly to the schools, teachers can address students’ needs immediately in class, such as giving out writing utensils if students forgot them.

Joe Laber of WPTW, which also has a spotlight program with the Piqua Area United Way, was also out at Stuff the Bus, helping to raise awareness of the event and boost support.

“It’s a big deal,” Laber said.

“Stuff the Bus is an easy and meaningful way to contribute to the children in our area! Many of the school supplies necessary are inexpensive when purchased individually, but for families that are struggling, the cost can really add up. We want to see the students in our community succeed in school, and they can’t do that without the proper supplies” said J.J. Frigge, board president at the Piqua Area United Way.

For more information on the Piqua Area United Way, visit www.facebook.com/PiquaUnitedWay/.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Boxes of crayons are just a few of the items being donated to the Piqua Area United Way’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive. The event also garnered glue, scissors, erasers, folders, pencils, pens and other items to be distributed in local schools.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/08/web1_081817mju_stuffthebus2.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Boxes of crayons are just a few of the items being donated to the Piqua Area United Way’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive. The event also garnered glue, scissors, erasers, folders, pencils, pens and other items to be distributed in local schools.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua United Way director Sean Ford chat with WPTW’s Joe Laber during Friday’s Stuff the Bus event at the Piqua Walmart on Friday.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/08/web1_081817mju_stuffthebus-1.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua United Way director Sean Ford chat with WPTW’s Joe Laber during Friday’s Stuff the Bus event at the Piqua Walmart on Friday.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Boxes of glue, scissors, erasers and other necessities are among the donated items for the Piqua Area United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/08/web1_081817mju_stuffthebus3.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Boxes of glue, scissors, erasers and other necessities are among the donated items for the Piqua Area United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign.
United Way holds school supply drive

By Sam Wildow

swildow@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmedianetwork.com or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmedianetwork.com or (937) 451-3336