LCPS and WNCT-TV9 are asking Lenoir County residents to help them Stuff the Bus with school supplies in Kinston on Wednesday.
A big yellow school bus will be parked at the Ashley Homestore Outlet at 2016 W. Vernon Ave., ready and waiting to receive school supplies from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. LCPS personnel will be on hand to thank donors and WNCT will do periodic broadcasts from the location.
The Stuff the Bus campaign is part of a larger drive for school supplies in Lenoir County sponsored by WNCT and supported by Ashley Homestore and First Flight Federal Credit Union. Collection bins for donations of supplies will be at those two business locations in Kinston – Ashley at 2016 W. Vernon Ave. and First Flight in Kinston Plaza at 2405 N. Herritage St. – from Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 17.
Supplies collected in the campaign will be distributed through the schools, according to Patrick Holmes, public information officer for LCPS and coordinator of the district’s school supply collection and distribution.
“LCPS and all our schools are grateful to WNCT and the business sponsors for their assistance in making the back-to-school process easier for many of our students and parents,” Holmes said. “We’re counting on the proven generosity of our county to stuff the bus and fill the bins for the good of our students.”
Typically, Holmes said, the school supplies most needed are the basics, including notebook paper, blue and black pens, No. 2 pencils, glue sticks, blunt-tipped scissors, 24-count boxes of crayons and three-ring binders. Book bags are always appreciated, he said, and classrooms can benefit from the donation of boxes of tissue, bottles of hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes.
The Down East Wood Ducks are sponsoring a supply collection campaign in conjunction with Saturday’s game at Grainger Stadium. Fans can get $3 off a ticket to the game simply by dropping off school supplies at the main gate. The team will also take donations in advance if they’re brought to the stadium.
All State Employee Credit Union branches are serving as collection sites for Gov. Roy Cooper’s second annual School Supply Drive. The campaign began Monday and runs through Aug. 17. In addition to supplies, monetary donations are also accepted and will be used to purchase supplies. The two SECU branches in Kinston are at 2216 W. Vernon Ave. and 210 Airport Road. Supplies collected here stay in Lenoir County.
Selp-Help Credit Union is sponsoring its Build a Backpack program again this year. A donation of $5 will stock a backpack with school supplies, according to the credit union. Financial donations can be dropped off at the credit union at 1910 W. Vernon Ave., Kinston, or mailed to PO Box 1278, Kinston, NC 28503.