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United Way kicks off Stuff the Bus

Although summer vacation is just getting underway for many area school districts, United Way of Superior-Douglas County is looking ahead to helping students in the fall. The area’s seventh Stuff the Bus with School Supplies collection drive kicks off June 21, the United Way Day of Action.

Materials collected during the drive will be donated to schools across Douglas County — an area where every school district has a poverty rate greater than 40 percent, according to data released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. That means more than 3,000 area students are considered economically disadvantaged. United Way of Superior-Douglas County and BMO Harris Bank, the corporate sponsor of the drive, hope to collect enough materials to provide for all of these children.

During the collection drive, community members are encouraged to donate classroom materials including pencils, pens, notebooks and folders so all county students have the supplies they need to start the year with confidence. Students in the Superior, Maple, Solon Springs, Northwood, and Cathedral and Maranatha schools receive the supplies donated.

Collection boxes will be available starting June 16 in more than 20 locations throughout the area, including stores, offices and places of worship. The boxes will be picked up in late July, and the materials will be sorted and distributed directly to schools.

The Day of Action, a worldwide initiative in its sixth year, is meant to draw communities together to address local challenges. Douglas County’s United Way is encouraging community members to sign up to volunteer, fill out a pledge card or drop off school supplies in a convenient location.

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