'Bus Stuff' packs in supplies for students

Evergreen school Foundation seeks donations

By Howard Buck, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: August 17, 2011, 7:14 PM

 

Wednesday’s sunshine may have screamed summer, but the calendar said school is coming, and fast.

To help every student begin the new year Aug. 31 with the right classroom supplies, the Evergreen School District Foundation hosted its inaugural “Stuff the Bus” event on Wednesday to raise donations.

From 7 a.m. through 7 p.m., donors left school supplies — notebooks, book bags, paper, pens, pencils, scissors, calculators and more — or made cash contributions to help purchase more supplies.

Volunteers manned two large, yellow buses parked in the lot between Chuck’s Produce and McDonald’s, at 13215 E. Mill Plain Blvd.

By early evening, one bus was about three-quarters full, with more local business contributions likely to produce the equivalent of one stuffed bus, said Natalie Parsons, Foundation board member and event organizer.

It made for a good start.

“It’s always better to have more (of a goal), than less,” Parsons said.

Last year, the Foundation helped to outfit 275 students. Local need for assistance has only grown, in the down economy.

All donors on Wednesday could enter a drawing for a free Wii gaming system.

Honu Hawaiian Shaved Ice set up a stand and donated a portion of the day’s sales to the drive. Kids had an inflatable bouncy slide for entertainment, too.

Event co-sponsors included Chuck’s Produce, Wafer Tech, Paul Davis Restoration, Biggs Insurance and Radio Disney.