Volunteers are stuffing school buses with back-to-school supplies for local students while local shoppers take advantage of tax-free purchases this weekend.
The effort is part of the Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive sponsored by Communities in Schools. The event, which began at 8 a.m. yesterday, lasts through today and tomorrow and encourages people to donate supplies for students who cannot afford to purchase supplies.
Shoppers can drop off supplies at buses parked at Wal-Mart and Staples in Aberdeen between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Volunteers are accepting, pencils, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, 1-inch binders, hand sanitizer, plastic bags in various sizes, disinfectant wipes, colored pencils, notebook paper, scissors, tissues, folders, flat erasers, crayons and highlighters, among other school supplies.
Monetary donations will be used to supplement student activities throughout the year and purchase supplies.
All donations are tax-deductible.
Volunteers will distribute the supplies to all 22 schools in the Moore County Schools system. Students receive the supplies by asking school counselors for them.
The event is held each August during tax-free weekend.
The Communities in Schools is a local organization that brings volunteers into schools to address the unmet needs of children, providing a link between educators and the community.
Contact Hannah Sharpe by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.