“Stuff the whaat?” Stuff the Bus!
It’s that time again, and in it’s 5th year, Communities In Schools of Seattle’s Stuff the Bus campaign is at full throttle. Stuff the Bus is a school supply campaign that gives any and all items donated through collection drives to schools serving the lowest income students in Seattle.
Communities In Schools of Seattle kicked off 2010‘s Stuff the Bus campaign at this year’s Pride Parade on June 27th. Backed by the beats of “High School Musical,” 18 volunteers danced the highly decorated–and yet still very stuff-able–school bus down the parade streets. The energy was high, colors were flying, and the voices were loud, all with the intent of drilling up excitement about this year’s Stuff the Bus campaign.
Staff and volunteers pose by the bus before the Pride Parade
Behind the rainbow colors and street dancing sits an important community-wide need that Stuff the Bus fills. Proper school supplies are a crucial element in a student’s learning process, and today families spend $60-100 per child to get them ready for the first day of school. This can be a serious hardship for families throughout the Seattle area, where about 40% of the district’s 45,000+ students live in poverty. Add in the $1000 that an average elementary school teacher spends out of pocket
to provide supplies for his or her students, and the need for campaigns such as Stuff the Bus quickly becomes apparent.
Want to help Stuff the Bus? You can become a Community Partner and hold a school supply drive at your business, organization, sports club, church, etc. You can also become a volunteer at any of Stuff the Bus’s functions. Visit the Stuff the Bus site to check the campaign’s schedule, or contact Communities In Schools of Seattle directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by: Petrina Fisher, Communities In Schools of Seattle
A few weeks ago, Communities in Schools of Seattle turned a school bus donated by First Student into a parade float joining dozens of other community organizations, marching bands, and lively entertainment at the Pride Parade. The float was created to promote our 2009 Stuff the Bus school supply campaign.
Stuff the Bus Parade Float
It was a great way to show that CISS supports all students and the diversity of our families. Due to the growing needs of Seattle Public Schools, we also wanted the community at large to know about our campaign. Many families are unable to provide their children with the supplies they need to be prepared to learn once school starts. Participation in a parade is a fun way for the community to learn about our mission and ways they can support Seattle’s students.
There are a few more opportunities to check out our float. We will also be at the West Seattle Hi Yu Parade this Saturday July 18th with the HiJax and Unicycle teams from Pathfinder K-8. We have also been invited to participate in the SeaFair Torch Light Parade next Saturday July 25th 2009.
Where exactly will we be “stuffing the bus”? We will collect school supplies outside Qwest Events Center during the Seahawks vs. Oakland on September 3rd. We invite you to bring backpacks and school supplies to the game, helping us “Stuff the Bus”. During the months of July and August you can also donate at any BECU location, Northgate Mall and South Center Mall as well as the Starbucks Center. If your business is interested in being a collection site or to learn more about this campaign please contact email@example.com or visit the website www.cisseattle.org.