Jillian Dickerson, Director of Community Engagement with United Way of Acadiana, joined News15 at Noon to share how you can help teachers in Acadiana as the school year approaches.
United Way of Acadiana launched its annual Stuff the Bus program sponsored by Love Our Schools today.
The school supply drive, which is also sponsored by COX, helps to provide school supplies to classrooms and students in need throughout United Way of Acadiana’s service area. The drive is active the month of July, and school supplies are distributed to teachers in Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin, and Vermilion Parish School Systems in August.
Participating businesses with public drop off locations include 705 Federal Credit Union, Acadiana Automotive Group, Adorn Jewelry, Athleta, Carmax, City Club, Home Bank (all locations in Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin, and Vermilion Parishes), Keaty Real Estate, NeunerPate Attorneys at Law, Meritus Credit Union, SCP Health, The Gleason Group, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lafayette, Vitalant, and W-Industries. Media Partners 94.5 KSMB, Q95.5 KRRQ, 99.1 KXKC, and Magic 104.7 KNEK will also serve as drop off locations. United Way of Acadiana is still encouraging local businesses with walk in traffic to request a bin for more drop off locations by submitting their information online at www.unitedwayofacadiana.org/stuffthebus.
United Way Interim President and CEO, Heather Blanchard says, “We are always amazed by the outpouring of community support that comes in during our summer Stuff the Bus drive. The community comes together and makes sure that our Acadiana students have what they need to start the school year.”
"We believe that community engagement is at the heart of great schools. We are thrilled to support Stuff the Bus because it provides a strong start to the school year for Lafayette Parish educators and students while demonstrating that the community cares about them," said Dr. William "Kip" Schumacher founder of Love Our Schools.
For more information and a list of requested school supplies, visit www.unitedwayofacadiana.org/stuffthebus.