TUPELO – Don’t be surprised when you see yellow school buses sitting in the Walmart and Kroger parking lots the next three Saturdays.
The buses will be visible reminders of a new campaign by the Mayor’s Task Force on Education to collect school supplies for needy children.
The goal is to fill those buses with donated supplies. The loaded buses will then be driven to the Tupelo Public School District for school counselors to distribute to children who need them.
“If everyone in Tupelo buys a pack of paper or a box of crayons, we could fill that bus,” said Shelia Nabors, chairwoman of the Education Task Force. “Even those who are less fortunate can participate. Everyone can make a difference.”
The buses will be in the parking lots of the Walmart and Kroger stores on Main Street on Saturday and on July 24 and July 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Volunteers from the Education Task Force and staff from the Tupelo School District will be on hand to collect the donated supplies.
Drop-off boxes will also be available during those times at the Kroger and Walmart Barnes Crossing locations. Both Kroger stores also will have drop boxes permanently in place from Saturday until July 31.
Nabors said people can contribute supplies they have bought elsewhere.
The task force is seeking a large variety of supplies, including paper, rulers, pencils and pens, calculators, erasers, book bags, crayons, markers, notebooks and three-ring binders.
“Our main goal is to make Tupelo a place of lifelong learning,” Nabors said. “We wanted to start with our children in schools and to make sure they have school supplies.
“We don’t want that to be a hindrance to those children. If we are going to make learning a priority, we want to make sure they have the supplies they need to start.”
Nabors emphasized the task force will not distribute the supplies but will give them to the school system and allow it to provide them to children.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Shelia Nabors at (662) 687-2091.
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