Help FOX 8 ‘Stuff the Bus’

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CLEVELAND– Help FOX 8 News ‘Stuff the Bus’ today, right outside of FOX 8 on S. Marginal Road (Dick Goddard Way) from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Our back-to-school campaign is now in its seventh year and your donations will help more teachers and students in Northeast Ohio.

“The backpack that I bought was on sale for about $30,” said Shelly Johnson, a parent from Cleveland Heights.  “But on school supplies together, I spend about eighty-something and I still have to get the sanitizer, the three-ring binder and a compass!”

Johnson was loading-up on school supplies for her teenage son at Target in Steelyard Commons in Cleveland on Wednesday. Her shopping list included notebooks, pens, paper and backpacks, which is what students throughout the area need as they go back to class.

FOX 8 News has teamed-up with the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center to help teachers and students in several local districts.

On Thursday, help us ‘Stuff the Bus’ with supplies that will be taken to a facility and eligible teachers can then shop for their classrooms and students.

Here is the list of new school supplies requested:

-wide or college rule filler paper or notebooks
-number 2 pencils
-24 count box of crayons
-construction paper
-8 1/2 by 11 copy paper
-kid’s scissors
-colored pencils
-boxes of tissue
-anti-bacterial soap and wipes

Last year, thanks to your generosity, FOX 8 News filled six school buses. “I wanna make sure that they understand that it is gonna be a worthy cause, that it is going to go to, really, students who really need those materials,” said Superintendent Terry Olszewski from the Garfield Heights City Schools.

Garfield Heights is one district benefiting from the donations. Others include: Cleveland, East Cleveland, Euclid, Maple Heights, Bedford, Warrensville Heights and parts of Lakewood.  According to Olszewski, the supplies will make a big difference for teachers.

“It’s very difficult. A lot of them are spending their own money on those materials because obviously, they care about what happens in their classroom and they understand that some of our kids are without,” said Olszewski.

"Even if you don't have kids, just do your part to make sure that - if our kids are getting the tools that they need to be successful; then we'll have a great pool of applicants when they're old enough to work in the workforce," said Shelly Johnson.

Special thanks to Great Clips for their sponsorship and support for this year’s FOX 8 Stuff the Bus.

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