School is starting and backpacks are expected to be full of supplies for the year's curriculum.
"Things can be be kind of hard when you've got children in school," says Marie Partridge, United Way.
That's why United Way of East Mississippi is collecting school supplies for elementary students in need through its 'Stuff the Bus' campaign. Community members and business leaders in Neshoba County are filling up the big yellow bus with paper, notebooks, pencils and even uniforms.
"We have a lot of needy children who do not have the supplies they need," says Tammy Ward, Weyerhaeuser. "We want to make sure that we can donate and help them get a good start to the school year."
United Way expanded the program outside of Lauderdale County into Kemper and Neshoba counties to fill the need for students whose parents can't provide their children with everything on their supplies list.
"When parents have multiple children in elementary school, it can be taxing on their budget so we are trying to help out with that," says Partridge.
All the donations collected in Neshoba County will be split between Philadelphia Elementary and Neshoba Central Elementary.
"Then the schools will dispense them among the teachers and then they will see based on need, they will give them to the students," says Partridge.
United Way says making sure students have what they need will allow them to excel in their academics.
Just in Lauderdale County alone, 'Stuff the Bus' raised over $117,000 worth of school supplies and uniforms.