NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 400 volunteers were at Greer Stadium on Thursday to help provide school supplies for families with at-risk students.
The United Way said this year’s “Stuff the Bus Days of Action Sort-a-Thon” was their largest ever.
Volunteers stuffed 7,500 backpacks with school supplies, including pens, pencils, notebooks, and other necessities for school.
The backpacks will go to every student at seven elementary schools in at-risk neighborhoods on Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools’ first day of school on August 6. Those schools include Fall-Hamilton, Glenview, Haywood, Kirkpatrick, Napier, Tom Joy and Tusculum elementary schools.
Some of the backpacks will also go to 18 United Way Family Resource Centers and 27 partner agencies.
Officials said Bridgestone Americas sponsorship of this year’s event helped them significantly increase the number of backpacks delivered from last year.
In 2013, the United Way said backpacks went to three elementary schools, 18 United Way Family Resource Centers and 23 partner agencies.
Anyone who would like to contribute to Stuff the Bus can donate funds toward the purchase of school supplies at www.unitedwaynashville.org/stb.