Dear Editor: As a member of this amazing community I have donated to the “Stuff the Bus Campaign” for many years, believing that children in need would be able to show up on the first day of school proudly with the required numerous supplies the school requested.
But the ugly truth is, the donations go straight to the school’s storage cabinets. Thus, the less-fortunate children must show up the first day of school empty-handed while their peers have the required supplies.
Apparently, the teachers will decide which students get the donations after school starts.
Kids want to fit in and be accepted, not stand out because they can’t afford the long, expensive list of required supplies.
The reason I wrote this letter is to request that the Brookings-Harbor School District rethink their policy by making the children their top priority. By allowing the less-fortunate children to have the supplies in advance, they can show up on the first day of school proud because they have their stuff like the rest of their classmates.
I do realize the donations are numerous, so I am offering to volunteer as many hours of my time as necessary to help the school district sort and distribute donations before school starts. I also welcome any other volunteers to join me.