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Back-to-school time must be just around the corner, because KURY Radio’s annual “Stuff the Bus” fundraiser will kick off Aug. 12 and run through Aug. 16.

Donations of school supplies and cash will be accepted in front of the Fred Meyer store in Brookings by KURY employees, as well as volunteers from the Brookings Lions Club.

The primary school supplies needed include Kleenex boxes, Crayola crayons, spiral notebooks, Crayola color pencils, backpacks, Ticonderoga pencils, and three-ring binders.

Supplies gathered at the event will be available to all teachers in the Brookings-Harbor School District.

 “Stuff the Bus” was started in 2006 when KURY partnered with another local business that had mini-buses available.

The idea of filling the buses with school supplies for local students prompted the annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign to ensure children had the needed school supplies to begin the year.

In 2012, the company that worked with KURY and provided the mini-buses went out of business. Since then, in some years full-sized school buses have been used, and most recently the “Stuff the Bus” program has continued without using buses at all. 

In addition, boxes for cash donations will be located in several businesses throughout town from Aug. 10 through Aug. 23. Those donation sites will be listed in an ad in the Curry Coastal Pilot and also on kury953.com.

Donations also can be dropped off at KURY’s studio, 605 Railroad St., until Aug. 23.

Meanwhile, Gold Beach’s Central Curry School District “Stuff the Bus” campaign runs Aug. 1 through Aug. 26, with drop-off locations at Umpqua Bank, Rogue Credit Union, Ray’s Food Place, the Curry Public Library and Coos-Curry Electric.

Join the fun of stuffing a real bus 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Gold Beach High School parking lot.

Cash or check donations can be made to the Rotary Club of Gold Beach or dropped at Umpqua Bank.

For the month of August, the Curry Public Library in Gold Beach will take school supplies in lieu of overdue fines. Each accepted item, including new notebook paper, notebooks, pencils, crayons, scissors and erasers, will be credited with $1 for payment of the fines.

A spokesperson for the Del Norte Unified School District said will not have a “Stuff the Bus” fundraiser this year because of problems coordinating with their transportation department.

For more information about the Brookings-Harbor School District fundraiser, call Sharon Tovey at KURY at 541-469-2111. Call Karlie Wright of Curry Public Library-ASCEND at 541-373-0274 for details about the Central Curry School District fundraiser.

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