The community is called to assist with “Stuff the Bus,” a school supply drive for local districts with students in foster or kinship care. The drive will be held at Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley Campus parking lot on Saturday, August 7 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
“Students in foster and kinship care are among the most vulnerable student populations with resounding impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Ashley Mariano, the Prevention Coordinator at ESCEO (formerly Mahoning County ESC). “Our goal is to reduce barriers in the lives of these children and help properly prepare them for a successful school year. Providing teachers and districts with information and resources to offer all children equitable educational opportunities is at the core of the ESC of Eastern Ohio’s prevention initiatives.”
Common items on supply lists for local districts include: pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, notebooks, composition books, dry erase markers, headphones, backpacks, pencil pouches or boxes, highlighters, folders, binders and notebook paper.
Businesses throughout the Valley are also collecting supplies and donations for the first annual Stuff the Bus campaign.
“We thank Akron Children’s Hospital for providing a wonderful centralized location for the dropoff and Boardman Local Schools for offering a bus for the event,” says Mariano. “We look forward to being able to provide supplies these students need to complete classwork and assignments as they get ready to head back to the classroom in a few weeks.”
Donations will be accepted at the school bus that will be parked in lot A at Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley (off of Market Street in Boardman) from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021. Supplies collected from the event and through donations from local businesses will be distributed to local districts that service children in kinship and foster care.