Public school students in the metro Atlanta area will have the chance to make their dreams real with some much-needed classroom essentials to kick off the new school year. Clayton State University teamed up with WSB-TV to serve as one of seven sites for “Stuff The Bus”, the television station’s annual school supply drive that was held on July 21.
“There’s nothing worse than a child feeling out of place the first week of school,” said Jocelyn Dorsey, Director of Community Affairs for Channel 2 WSB-TV. “Having a book bag with school supplies makes a big difference in how a child fits in, especially if he or she is homeless or living in a group home. That’s why we launched Stuff the Bus and I am thrilled to see our community respond every year!”
Thunderstorms and heavy rain on Saturday morning did not keep the local community from dropping off school supplies and backpacks at Clayton State to help fill a yellow school bus provided by transportation company Samson.
Pencils, pens, crayons, markers, notebooks, binders, and filler paper were just some of the supplies donated during the daylong event. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteered throughout the day helping sort and box up the school supplies.
“It sparked my interest because I like the Stuff The Bus motive to help kids in Atlanta who need it – something I’ve already been geared toward the past year while participating in AmeriCorps,” said Michaela Hudson, a nursing major. “There are kids who had no choice or say in their circumstances yet are being held back for whatever reason. It’s good that there are initiatives like Stuff The Bus to assist those who can’t provide, or be provided with, everyday necessities.”
All school supplies collected were delivered to The Children’s Restoration Network (CRN) who will hand them out to homeless children and children living in group homes, representing more than 6,000 children in metro Atlanta.
Officials at CRN said that donations last year ensured that every school-aged child living in a shelter or group home throughout the 21 county greater Atlanta area received a new book bag filled with supplies.