ROCKINGHAM – With the 2017-2018 school year set to begin on Monday, August 28, that means local students will be heading back to the halls of their respective schools. And that also means it’s time for Richmond County Schools’ annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign.
Entering its ninth year, this donation event will take place Friday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and everyone in the community is invited to contribute. The bus will be parked in front of Rockingham Walmart during those hours.
RCS’ public information officer Briana Goins, who is helping oversee the event states, “We’re going to be collecting items such as pencils, paper, folders, and other school supplies for kids in need.”
This year, to help make the event a success, RCS teamed with United Way of Richmond County, Rockingham Walmart, WSOC-TV, and Richmond Young Professionals. The bus will also be parked later that same evening at Richmond Senior High School stadium during the first home game of the season against Wake Forest High School for an extended donation period.
In conjunction with the “Stuff the Bus” event, the United States Postal Service will sponsor their annual school supply collection day. Goins explains, “Any time on Saturday, August 25, one can leave donated school supplies by their mailbox and his or her carrier will pick up the supplies and bring them in to be distributed.” This service is for those who wish to contribute to the campaign but are unable to make it to the collection site.
This is Goins’ first big project as public information officer for RCS. As a Richmond County native, she has seen the project grow throughout the years. Last year, over 30,000 items were collected; even more contributions are expected in the current campaign. According to Goins, students from every school and grade level in the district will benefit from the contributions. She noted that Beta Club members from RSHS will help sort the supplies.
This event is a great opportunity to support our local students and help give them a successful start to a new school year. Richmond County, let’s get out there and Stuff the Bus!
For more information regarding this event, please call Briana Goins at (910) 582-5860.