Cape Girardeau – Every year it is estimated that around 1,000 families in our area cannot afford the school supplies needed for their children to confidently begin another academic year. That is why United Way is partnering with KFVS12, Withers Broadcasting and Walmart to collect basic school supplies for children in need during their annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign.


School buses will be parked in front of participating Walmart stores on August 4th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Missouri’s tax-free weekend. Athletic groups, student clubs, faculty, and staff from participating schools will be out collecting thousands of school supplies donated by community members throughout Southeast Missouri.

Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Farmington, Fredericktown, Jackson, Kennett, Malden, Perryville, Poplar Bluff and Sikeston Walmarts will be participating in the event that will benefit more than 20 school districts across the region.

“The Stuff the Bus program is great for our kids that need a little help as the school year begins,” said Brian Lee, Superintendent of Scott City R-1 Schools. “Back to School costs can be prohibitive for some families and this helps students in need.”

Examples of supplies commonly needed include single-subject notebooks, mechanical pencils, 2-pocket folders, ink pens, bottled school glue, scissors, 24-count Crayola Crayons, loose-leaf paper, pink erasers and glue sticks.

Last year, more than 600 Southeast Missouri students registered to receive the collected school supplies at the Back-to-School Kickoff hosted by United Way, Cape Girardeau Public Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters/ABC Today, Urban Kids Project, and The Salvation Army.

 Those interested in helping package school supplies collected for students are encouraged to come to the Salvation Army on Sunday, August 5th at 12:30 pm. For more information on participating school districts, contact the United Way office at 573-334-9634.

The Mission of the United Way of Southeast Missouri is to serve as the leader in uniting people and resources to build a stronger and healthier community. We focus on the building blocks of a strong family and a good life: Education, Income and Health. Our proactive methods create lasting change in the community that will continuously reduce the need for emergency services. We envision a community that LIVES UNITED by Giving, Advocating and Volunteering to improve this wonderful place where we live and work. For more information please visit or call 573-334-9634.

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