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Dear Editor,

On behalf of United Way of Franklin County, I’d like to express my sincere thanks to the people and organizations that supported our 2019 Stuff the Bus project. Over 80 Stuff the Bus boxes were hosted by businesses across Franklin County to collect school supplies for area children. It is through the cooperation of school districts, busing contractors, local businesses, organizations, community leaders, local media, and many, many volunteers that an initiative like Stuff the Bus succeeds. This year was no different, and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our community.

This is the 7th year we’ve coordinated Stuff the Bus to collect and distribute supplies for local classrooms, and it was our largest effort to date! More than $20,765 worth of school supplies were delivered to school districts across Franklin County, as well as in McConnellsburg, thanks to the additional participation of businesses in Fulton County.

The goal of Stuff the Bus is to ease the burden for families, teachers, PTOs, and school districts as the school year begins, knowing that many students arrive every year without supplies they need. By mobilizing business and community to donate school supplies, we hope to help fill the gap so that all of our local students are prepared for learning in the new school year.

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Stuff the Bus would not be possible without everyone throughout our communities coming together. We especially want to thank Creative Minds Learning and Development Center for providing lead sponsorship support and their help to ensure a successful donation drive.

We also want to thank all of the individual volunteers that assisted with this project, and the following companies that provided volunteer support: First Energy Corp., Franklin County Government, Sprint, Chambersburg Area School District and M&T Bank. We want to express our appreciation to M&T Bank, as well, for hosting our Mercersburg volunteers and providing space for us to sort supplies.

Special thanks to Sue James in Waynesboro for coordinating local child care centers to help decorate our bus for the Wizarding Festival, as well as to Bill Kohler and Main Street Waynesboro for hosting our “Hogwart’s Express” Bus Stop. We’d also like to thank the Path Valley Parade Committee, Pam Johns, and Fannett Metal Fire Co. for inviting us to participate in the parade and community picnic.

What would Stuff the Bus be without school buses? Thanks to Chambersburg Memorial YMCA, Waynesboro Area YMCA, Bob Friese and his family of R.E. Friese Bus Transportation, and Weaver Bussing for providing school bus transportation to pick up school supplies in their respective communities.

Finally, we’d like to thank area school districts for their help and cooperation to ensure that materials make it into the hands of young learners to help get the new school year off to a great start!

Sincerely,
Amy Hicks
United Way of Franklin County

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