"Fill the Bus" To Help Students in Need

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-- Folks are filling buses with school supplies to help kids in Northwest Arkansas and you can help.

School buses are standing by in the summer time.

There are no students on board, but instead, donations to help kids.

Lisa Smith with United Way NWA said, "Once it is filled, we leave all the school supplies on there. It goes directly back to the school district."

"Fill The Bus" is an annual United Way Event, collecting school supplies and sending them to schools.

Lisa smith, with the organization, says thousands of kids in the area need the extra help.

"A lot of people don't think about it but if you think about the free and reduced numbers, students that are enrolled in free and reduced meals at schools, it's about 40,000 kids which it about half of the number of students that are enrolled in Northwest Arkansas schools."

It's all about making kids feel confident in the classroom. Backpacks, pencils, and paper go a long way and can really make a difference.

Smith said, "Students who have the supplies they need are more confident when they start school and kids that do well in school have better outcomes of success later in life."

In its 12th year, the program consistently serves more than 3000 students, thanks to more than 100,000 donations received each year.

Smith said, "They can focus better, knowing that they have what they need. They don't have to go talk to their parents or the school counselor and feel embarrassed about not having what they need."

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