United Way Collecting Tools for Success for the 17th year

Thursday, July 18, 2013

United Way Collecting Tools for Success for the 17th year
Fort Pierce, FL, July 10, 2013– United Way of St. Lucie County has been “stuffing the Bus” with donated school supplies for 17 years.Donors can fill bags or boxes with new school supplies and take them to the United Way office or a community drop off site
Businesses, organizations, clubs and places of worship are encouraged to collect and deliver supplies. “We can’t gather too many supplies,” explained Cris Adams, Vice President of Community Impact, United Way of St. Lucie County, “16,000 students in
this school district qualify for this kind of help.”
Since its inception in 1997, School Supplies for Students has provided 50,000 children in need with the basic tools necessary to be successful in school. Educators overwhelmingly agree that students with the appropriate supplies at the start of school are more prepared for class, eager to work, and in general have a better attitude toward school.For older students, it can be a reason to stay in school.
Participants in School Supplies for Students are those children eligible for free lunch who are recommended by their school. Supplies will be collected throughout July and distributed to individual students by their school.

“United Way wants to boost every child’s chance for success in school and we need community partners to make that happen,” explained Adams.
There are many ways to participate in the School Supplies Program. You can:
  • Stuff the Bag” by collecting general school supplies
  • Adopt-A-School or Adopt-A-School Grade
  • Volunteer to “Stuff the Bus” at any St. Lucie County Wal-Mart July 19th from 10am
  •  4pm and July 20th 12pm - 8pm.
  • Volunteer to sort and pack supplies at Forrest Grove Middle School July 27, July 31 and August 3.
  • Make a cash donation. Please send checks to:
United Way of St. Lucie County
4800 S. US 1
Fort Pierce, Fl 34982
Or call (772) 464-5300
For more information on the United Way or how you can support School Supplies for Students, please call 772-464-5300 or visit our website www.unitedwayslc.org.