ROCKINGHAM – Richmond County Schools’ students have successfully completed the first week of the 2017-2018 school year. For some, success meant being prepared for class with needed school supplies.
RCS’ ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign was instrumental in helping make sure all 7,700 students across the district began the year with the necessary supplies.
According to Richmond County Schools public information officer, Briana Goins, the event was held on the Friday before students returned to class, August 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot. Students from Richmond County Senior High School’s Beta Club gathered to help collect the supplies.
“If people were unable to give money while walking in, the majority of them purchased something for the bus and handed it to us on their way out,” Goins said.
Goins said that overall, the campaign was a major success. A little over 32,000 items were donated, ranging from pencils, notebooks, folders, erasers, art supplies, binders, tissues and hand sanitizer. The bus was covered with the names of numerous sponsors.
Goins affirmed that members of the RSHS Beta Club, “were a big help!” They stood at each entrance of Walmart and collected donations. The Beta Club members also helped unload the bus that afternoon, and the bus was driven to the Raider’s first home football game to accept additional donations.
“Superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman and I would like to thank each of our sponsors and those who helped make this possible. We appreciate their support,” Goins said.