Nearly 28,000 School Supplies Collected in Back to School Drive
Bluegrass Cellular’s Don’t Miss the Bus has wrapped up another year of collecting school supplies, by yet again breaking their previous record.
This year’s back to school drive collected nearly 28,000 new items, 2,600 more than last year, along with nearly $4,000 in monetary donations. This year marks the third straight year, of its six year existence, in which the annual drive has broken its previous record.
Barry Nothstine, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bluegrass Cellular, said that going to school without the proper supplies can negatively impact a student’s ability to learn.
“A school supply collection of this size will make a huge difference. Students can confidently head back to school with the tools and materials needed to be successful in the classroom. Thank you to everyone who donated.”
Don’t Miss the Bus is an annual initiative benefiting local students who do not have easy access to obtaining needed school supplies. During the month of July, Bluegrass Cellular set up Don’t Miss the Bus collection bins in various locations throughout the county. The community was encouraged to drop off school supplies at designated locations throughout the month.
According to a press release, two Hardin County Schools buses were used to collect donations last Friday, by noon the buses were full and had to be unloaded before both continued their routes.
By the end of the day, both buses returned nearly full again when they returned.
Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan said that she was grateful to the community.
“Our dedicated parents, friends, staff and students reach into their pocket deeply each year to prove their love and compassion for children though this initiative. Our family resource center and youth service center coordinators will provide these items to the students who are in need them. Each student can start the year with the items they need to begin a successful school year. We truly appreciate all those who contributed and Bluegrass Cellular for organizing Don’t Miss the Bus each year.”
Supplies collected during the back to school drive will be divided proportionally between Family and Youth Resource Service Centers at Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools, as well as shared with Fort Knox Child, Youth and School Services.