Stuff the Bus: Bright Futures, Clay Maxey partner to provide supplies to BV students

Friday, August 4, 2017
Business leaders and members of Bright Futures Berryville gather at Clay Maxey Ford on Wednesday to collect items for the ‘Stuff the Bus’ drive. Drop-off locations were set up across Berryville during the month of July for people to donate school supplies to the Berryville School District.
Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News

Bright Futures Berryville and Clay Maxey Ford have collected a busload of school supplies for Berryville students.

Business leaders and Bright Futures champions met at Clay Maxey Ford on Wednesday morning to gather the items donated through the Stuff the Bus event this July. Mindy Hicks, coordinator of Bright Futures Berryville, said the tubs from the drop-off locations throughout the community were all full.

“It was so amazing. We haven’t even counted all of the items yet,” Hicks said. “I got emotional when I saw all the tubs were full. Our community blows me out of the water with their response to our program.”

She said the Stuff the Bus event brought in lots of crayons, pencils, markers, paper, shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes and other back-to-school items for children who need them. Monetary donations were also received, she said, to pick up any slack and ensure that all students who need supplies get them for the next school year.

Hicks said she was stunned by the amount of support the event received from the community.

“It was an idea, and we hoped it wasn’t going to be a flop,” she said. “People kept showing up with not one, but two boxes of supplies. They just kept pouring in.”

Parents can let Bright Futures team members or teachers know what school supplies their children need, she said, and they will have the items ready to go in the child’s classroom before the school year begins.

Hicks said she cannot thank the business leaders in Berryville enough for their continued support of the Bright Futures program.

“It really hit home how much our community cares about our kids at school,” she said. “A lot of businesses took the initiative and bought their own supplies for Stuff the Bus. People at our local businesses are taking the lead and making this program work. We have some real leaders in our community.”

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