Concord University’s Stuff The Bus Campaign Donates School Supplies To Wyoming County Children

For Immediate Release: 
May 04 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – Representatives of Concord University’s Stuff the Bus campaign delivered school supplies to the Wyoming County Board of Education office in Pineville, W.Va. on Friday, May 1. Mr. Frank Blackwell, superintendent of Wyoming County Schools, accepted the donation.

Coordinated by Concord’s Beckley campus, Stuff the Bus provides classroom basics from pencils, notebooks and pens, to crayons, colored pencils and backpacks for students in need. This is the third year Concord has participated in the project.

Mr. Blackwell said he was pleased with the donations and stated that the supplies would be available to students immediately since there are nearly two months remaining in this school year.

Along with donations from Concord students, faculty and staff, Stuff the Bus receives generous community support from individuals, organizations and area businesses. The items donated to the Wyoming County children were purchased with donations from Stuff the Bus fundraisers and previous events.

School children from Raleigh, Summers and Fayette counties have benefited from the donations since the beginning of the school year in August 2014.

“I enjoy every event and trip involved with Stuff the Bus,” Tara Taylor, an organizer of the project, said.  “It is such a wonderful vision and I can tell the community support is growing the more we do this.

“We get confirmation from schools that supplies are reaching those students in need and wonderful pictures and ‘Thank You’ cards from children when we do actually get to visit individual schools and classrooms. I want our community to realize just how far every dollar they donate goes and, yes, that dollar does make a difference!”

Donations are now being collected at Concord’s Athens and Beckley campuses, with two large collection dates for the upcoming school year scheduled at the Beckley Wal-Mart on Friday, July 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Business sponsorship levels are also available.

The supplies collected will be donated to additional children in southern West Virginia.

For more information on Stuff the Bus, contact Pam Wallace at or 304-384-5612.

Three photos are attached below.



Participating in the Stuff the Bus presentation at the Wyoming County Board of Education office are, from left, Tara Taylor, Stuff the Bus organizer; Pam Wallace, Stuff the Bus organizer; Concord’s mascot Roar; Mr. Frank Blackwell, superintendent, Wyoming County Schools; Deirdre Cline, assistant superintendent, elementary, Wyoming County Schools; and, Dr. Peter Viscusi, Concord University vice president and academic dean.


Concord University’s mascot Roar visits with Wyoming County Superintendent of Schools Mr. Frank Blackwell at the school board office.



Dr. Susan Williams, interim director of Concord University’s Beckley Campus, and CU mascot Roar help deliver Stuff the Bus donations to the Wyoming County Board of Education office.



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