Bright Futures working to Stuff the Bus with school supplies for Berryville students

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

By Billy Stidham

Bright Futures Berryville wants to team up with you and local businesses to help take the stress out of back-to-school.

Throughout the month of July, anyone interested can visit one of several drop-off locations in Berryville including the police department, Mercy Hospital, different banks, churches and more to donate school supplies.

Bright Futures is a nonprofit organization that works with school and community resources to meet the needs of students to make sure each student has a fair chance.

“When it comes to school we don’t want basic needs to stand in the way of children learning or feeling like they belong,” said Berryville Bright Futures coordinator, Mindy Hicks.

Hicks says this is the third year for Stuff the Bus and the community support has been strong.

“I think it softens the anxiety of starting school because every child has the opportunity to have new supplies on day one,” Hicks said. “This is good for parents and teachers, too. School supplies are expensive. So when the community comes together it takes the burden off of parents and teachers who would otherwise pay out of pocket for an irregular expense.”

Students who receive donations are kept anonymous. During the Back-to-School Bash parents who bring their kids can sign them up to receive supplies. Then it’s between the teacher and the student’s parents.

Not only can donations be dropped off at more than 10 businesses in Berryville, anyone who wishes can donate cash by writing a check to the Berryville School District and sending it to Mindy Hicks. During the summer, checks can be dropped off at the superintendent’s office as well.

Businesses will bring their donations to the Champions breakfast on Aug. 2. Then kids will receive the supplies that they need to have a productive year of school.

For more information contact the Berryville School District at (870) 423-7065 and ask how you can help Stuff the Bus.

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