'Fill the Bus' School supply drive underway across South Mississippi

'Fill the Bus' School supply drive underway across South Mississippi

With school starting back in the next month, it's time to think about filling the bus. Not with children, but with school supplies. United Way of South Mississippi, along with and the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport are now in a two week campaign to do just that.

Those supplies include paper, pencils, markers, and glue, along  with dozens of other items. Makeshift school buses are located at the front of the Walmarts, ready for donations.

Cynthia Walker, Executive Director for United Way of South Mississippi, says the need on the coast is great.

"In this area, especially in Harrison County, we have a poverty rate of about 20 percent of our children. When you have those kinds of numbers, you know there are many of them that their families really can't give what it is that schools are asking them to walk in the door with."

The school supply campaign runs through July 31. Every super Walmart in Harrison County, as well as the Walmarts in Picayune and Waveland are participating. Other south Mississippi businesses in Harrison County are also participating.

Here's the list of accepted supplies:

#2 Pencils                         Pink erasers            
24 pack Crayons                Disinfectant wipes
Colored Pencils                  Notebook paper (wide-ruled)
Dry-erase Markers              Facial Tissues (individual pkgs)
Post-it notes                       Ziploc Bags (quart & gallon)
Spiral notebooks                 3 Prong Folders (w/ pockets)     
Crayola Markers (8 ct.)        Subject Dividers
Highlighters                        Hand Sanitizer
Elmer's Glue Sticks            Paper Towels    

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