LEE COUNTY, Fl. - The first day of school in Lee County is just days away and we wanted to make sure students are ready for the classroom.
All day, folks helped us Stuff the Bus at Target in Gulf Coast Town Center. WINK News found out just how important these supplies are to kids in need.
Even with a soggy start, folks in Lee County helped stuff the bus!
Crayons, markers and notebooks, all supplies to help students start their school year with all the right tools.
"Especially for people who can't afford to buy school supplies," says third grader, Georgia Fries.
Third grader Georgia Fries stopped by with pencils, folders and paper. It's a pile her mom, Sandra Stubblefield says she started at the end of last year.
"Her school's really good with giving back the supplies they didn't use so we start by taking those and putting them off to the side and we say that's going to be our stuff the bus pile," she says.
School leaders say, the effort is vital for this community. Right now, more than half of Lee County students are on free or reduced lunch. Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham says that's an indication of the need.
"Kids want to have what they need for school but you know parents have to make decisions and choices... do I put fod on the table or do I get notebook paper for school... to hand a child a package of new pencils, for some of them, that's never happened before," she says.
It's something Sandra wants to continue being a part of.
"I was the kid, even in high school, who sat in the back of the classroom and didn't have all the supplies so I'm like, if I can afford to give one kid that extra folder, even if it's just that extra folder, I'm happy we can help out," she adds.
The event was a huge success. One anonymous donor gave a thousand dollars worth of supplies!