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/.
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