Stuff the Bus helps students

August 13, 2013 10:01 pm

Volunteers prepared to unload a bus full of donations. The Pilot/Don Iler
Volunteers prepared to unload a bus full of donations. The Pilot/Don Iler
The short bus wasn’t short on school supplies this past Monday as local civic groups and representatives from Rogue Federal Credit Union and KURY Radio showed up to unload a school bus full of school supplies as part of the annual Stuff the Bus campaign. 

The event, which is in its ninth iteration, donates needed school supplies to students at Brookings-Harbor schools. In addition to the school bus full of supplies, the event also raised $2,100 in cash donations, an increase from $1,300 donated last year according to event organizers. 

The cash donations raised are split evenly between the district’s three schools and are used to purchase more supplies. Kalmiopsis Elementary School Principal Helena Chirinian said her school uses the money to buy backpacks.

The campaign, which went for five days last week at various locations, was helped by many local groups including the Marine Corps League, Chetco Shrine Club, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 757 and the Brookings Harbor Lions Club. 

Stuff the Bus, which in years past was organized by Chetco Federal Credit Union, was taken over by Rogue Federal Credit Union this year, after Rogue Federal took over ownership of the credit union earlier this year.

“It’s a continuation of the great effort Chetco had,” said Gene Pelham, president and CEO of Rogue Federal Credit Union. 

Pelham said his sister is an educator and that an event like this is special not only for the students, but also for the educators who in other towns spend their own money on supplies. 

“It’s a great thing for the kids,” said Lorie Botnen, branch manager for Rogue Federal Credit Union. “I’m involved with the PTO, so I see how it works for the kids and their educational needs.”