STUFF THE BUS!
United Way of Acadiana’s annual community-wide effort to provide thousands of school supplies to children in need across Acadiana launches Monday, July 24.
“United Way of Acadiana wants every child in Acadiana to start the school year off with everything they need to succeed,” said Deidra Lewis, United Way of Acadiana Volunteer Mobilization Manager.
Donations to United Way of Acadiana’s 2016 Stuff the Bus school supply drive totaled more than 85,000 supplies! Forty-two schools and programs in the region were given teacher and student care packages with much needed school supplies. Two hundred and fifty Kits for Kidz, complete with 40 items in each kit, were presented to 25 teachers in partnership with the Lafayette School Credit Union. In addition, 200 stuffed backpacks were provided to the Vermilion Parish School System through a partnership with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church — and 50 filled backpacks were given for St. Martin Parish’s annual Back to School Bash.
“Stuff the Bus is one of the many ways we can come together as a community to invest in the success of children in Acadiana,” explained Lewis. “We invite everyone to be a part of this effort to give all students the opportunity to do great things in the classroom despite their circumstances.”
In addition to generous sponsorships by Cargill Salt and Cox Communications, and partnerships with Lafayette Parish School System and KATC Tools for Schools, United Way invites area citizens, employees at local business and members of organizations to “stuff the bus.”
Click the following links to coordinate an internal school supply drive at your business or organization; to volunteer to collect, sort or deliver supplies, or to download a toolkit to learn about drop off times and locations and printable flyers. For additional information, please contact United Way of Acadiana Volunteer Mobilization Manager Deidra Lewis at 337-706-1226 or deidra.Lewis@
After supplies are sorted, the donated supplies will be distributed the week of August 14 to schools in Acadiana.
Stuff the Bus school supply donations can be dropped off at the following locations: