By Gerri Miller
River Region News Staff Writer
Volunteers from the Autauga Education Foundation and the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) were busy packing and loading school supplies on Friday into a school bus as part of AEF’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign.
APSO brought an entire car load of paper, pens, pencils, crayons, copy paper and other supplies to the bus parked in the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot. The supplies, donated by APSO and many other groups and individuals, will be distributed to all 14 schools within the Autauga County District School System.
Autauga County residents and businesses are encouraged to donate school supplies and literally “stuff the bus” full of much-needed items for the upcoming school year. Monetary donations are also welcome.
The bus was located at the Marriott Legends on July 18th, the Prattville Chamber on the 20th, and the Prattville Walmart on the 21st.
“A lot of teachers will go ahead and purchase some of these items out of their own pocket,” said AEF Director Amy Capps. “We want to help them get these type of supplies out to their students who need them in a quiet, discreet way to make sure they have what they need from day one.”
“Your support is an investment in our county’s schools and the future of our children,” Capps said.
Volunteer Gena Lowry said she has always enjoyed helping the community and she is hoping that the program can be expanded to include Wetumpka next year.
The “Stuff the Bus” project is a partnership among the Autauga County Board of Education, the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, International Paper and the Prattville Wal-Mart. The campaign is held during Alabama’s Tax-Free Weekend.
The Foundation and its partners provide relief to the administration, educators, and countless families that will be touched by the great support of the Autauga community. Items that are needed include three-ring binders, antibacterial wipes, art supplies, black, blue, and red ink pens, clipboards, colored pencils, composition notebooks, copy paper, correction fluid/tape, crayons, dry-erase markers, erasers, folders, glue, graph paper, highlighters, index cards, Kleenex, markers, notebooks, paper, paper towels, pencils, rulers, scissors, staplers, staples, spiral notebooks, tape and dispensers and tacks/pushpins.
The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources and builds community support to ensure academic excellence and strong character development in Autauga County Schools. For more information, call Capps at (334) 312-7047 or e-mail her at email@example.com
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