Thousands of students will soon have the tools they need for a successful school year.
It is all thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers that made for a record turnout at Thursday’s United Away Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive.
More than 400 volunteers loaded backpacks with crayons, glue, scissors and other school supplies.
They will deliver 7,100 backpacks to Metro students on the first day of school.
Organizers said the school supply drive will have a big impact on our youth.
“Just getting them the basic supplies they need to succeed in school, everyone here is pumped,” said Gary Garfield, Bridgestone CEO.
“Seeing all these kids out here, it’s heartwarming. You think about the impact they are going to have, and many of them won’t be able to see it. See the faces of the children when they get the backpacks,” said Damon Hininger with the United Way.
An estimated 83,000 children in Metro Schools are considered living at some level of poverty according the United Way.
Now they’ll have the supplies they need to start the school year off right.