Stuff the Bus donations dispersed to schools

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The 11 area elementary schools in the Lauderdale County and Meridian Public School districts received a special delivery right before the start of the new school year.

“It is huge to our teachers and staff to have these much needed school supply items for students who are not able to bring their supplies to the schools,” stated Clair Huff the Lead Teacher at Poplar Spring Elementary School.

The United Way of East Mississippi’s annual Stuff the Bus event made its biggest impact yet.

“This is our biggest year yet! We have topped over $117,000 worth of school supplies and uniforms,” explained Sara Odom the Vice President of Resource Development and Communications at the United Way of East Mississippi.

The school supplies will help nearly 2,000, local elementary students.

“We just wanted to say thank you for all those who donated money and school supplies, it means a lot to our students and to our staff as well as our families here at the Meridian Public schools,” said Huff.

Mississippi Power’s Community Connection volunteer program was proud to deliver the supplies.

“Community involvement is very important to us,” said Kyle Ladner the Vice President of the Mississippi Power Community Collection Meridian Chapter. “To all of us being involved in the community and having these volunteer opportunities is very important to employees and to Mississippi Power.”

With the continued success of Stuff the Bus, leaders with the United Way of East Mississippi hope to expand the important program it in the future.

“Our ultimate goal would be to be able to include the middle schools and high schools as well so that every single child in our community would be taken care of,” said Odom.

There will be one more Stuff the Bus event. It will take place in Philadelphia at The Depot on August 1st. Collected school supplies will be donated to both Neshoba Central and Philadelphia Elementary Schools.