Concord University Collecting School Supplies Through ‘Stuff The Bus’ Campaign

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 14 2013
CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton
Concord University                                                                                                          
Office of Advancement                                                                                                          
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,
ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign is helping children in southern West Virginia have the school supplies they need to start the new school year. 
       Pam Wallace, administrative assistant/student at Concord’s Beckley campus, is coordinating the project.
       “Our goal is to fill the bus with as many supplies as possible,” she said. “Our children need to know that they are supported and that they can have all the tools they need to succeed in education. Each pencil, pen and notebook gives them the power to do just that.”
       Wallace said work began on the project in April. Students at Concord’s Beckley location at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center began collecting school supplies during the spring semester.
       The “Stuff the Bus” campaign’s official kickoff was held on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Beckley Walmart.  Another collection day was held at the Beckley Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 10.
       Wallace says that both of these events were a “great success” and support from individuals and businesses in the community is greatly appreciated.
       “Our next event is Saturday, Aug. 17 from 12-4 at the MacArthur Walmart.  We will have two tickets to Winterplace to give away on that day and as with all of our events if people donate $5, they can enter to win the IPAD 4 that will be given away on the 27th. We will have the bus and vehicles provided by Auto Detailing by Me for people to look at and draw attention to our event,” she said. “We will wrap up our event on Aug. 27th from 5-7 p.m. at the Erma Byrd Center.”
       School supplies may also be dropped off at Concord’s office at the Erma Byrd Center, 300 University Drive, Beaver, W.Va. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 16. Beginning Aug. 19, hours are 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.
       Donations are also being accepted on Concord’s Athens campus. For more information about donating in Athens contact Tammy Monk at or 304-384-5325. A collection bin will be located in the Student Center. 
       The following supplies are needed: hand sanitizer, tissues, pencil cases, black and white notebooks, erasers, glue, folders, rulers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, pencils, pens, loose leaf notebook paper, crayons, magic markers, colored pencils, backpacks, calculators, spiral one-subject notebooks, spiral three-subject notebooks, staplers, note cards, whiteout and flash drives.
       For additional information about the “Stuff the Bus” campaign or donating in the Beckley area email or call 304-256-0270.