It's time to go shopping for backpacks, binders, pens, pencils, calculators, crayons, markers and all the other necessary school supplies andndash; the annual Stuff the Bus campaign, a coordinated effort by local businesses and volunteers to provide Brookings-Harbor School District students with school supplies, starts this week.
"This is just a way for the community to come together to help some folks that would need additional help with school supplies," said Lorie Botnen, Chetco Federal Credit Union (CFCU) Harbor branch manager.
The buses will be stationed at various locations around town from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Supply lists will be available at each location, and monetary donations are accepted as well.
"We're just asking everybody if they would be so kind to donate the items or money, and we'll get the kids the things they need to start school," Botnen said.
After people purchase supplies, they can "stuff the bus" with the supplies. This year, there will be one Dollar Dog bus, and one school district bus to stuff; the other Dollar Dog bus is out of service.
Stuff the Bus is sponsored by CFCU and KURY Radio. The locations, sponsors and volunteers are as follows:
Monday, Aug. 13
Chetco Federal Credit Union, Harbor branch, 16147 Highway 101 S.
Chetco Federal Credit Union, Brookings branch, 729 Chetco Ave. CFCU will sponsor and provide volunteers at both locations.
Tuesday, Aug. 14
Dollar Tree, 16261, Highway 101 S.; David Allen State Farm Insurance will sponsor.
Rite Aid,16261, Highway 101 S.; Wild Rivers Pizza will sponsor. Members of the Chetco Shrine Club will volunteer at both locations.
Wednesday, Aug. 15
Bi-Mart, 248 Wharf St.; Bi-Mart will sponsor.
Fred Meyer, 325 Fifth St.; Curry Health Network will sponsor. Brookings-Harbor Lions Club members will volunteer at both locations.
Thursday, Aug. 16
Fred Meyer. Fred Meyer will sponsor and Vietnam Veterans of America members will volunteer.
McDonald's, 815 Chetco Ave.; McDonald's will sponsor and VVA members will volunteer.
Friday, Aug. 17
Fred Meyer. Fred Meyer will sponsor and members of the Marine Corps League will volunteer.
For information about the program, call Botnen at CFCU at 541-469-7700.