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The Carthage Press
  • District collecting school supplies through Stuff the Bus this weekend

  • According to the Carthage School District, 65 percent of children in the district live in families that may not be able to afford to buy the pencils, pens, paper and other supplies a child needs to start the school year off on the right foot.
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  • According to the Carthage School District, 65 percent of children in the district live in families that may not be able to afford to buy the pencils, pens, paper and other supplies a child needs to start the school year off on the right foot.
    Bright Futures-Carthage is offering the community a chance to help those students with the upcoming Stuff the Bus campaign, slated for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, at the Carthage Walmart.
    Sarah Johnson, the Bright Futures Assistant Coordinator, said a school bus will be parked at the front of the Carthage Walmart store and volunteers will be there to accept any donated school supplies and stuff them in the bus for distribution to students at the beginning of the school year.
    Donations of school supplies, including back packs, will be accepted at both doors and at the Bright Futures’ tent.  Lists of school supplies are available in the store and on the Carthage R-9 School District website at carthagetigers.org.  
    “We are asking the community to come out this weekend and fill the school bus with supplies," said Gary Danielson, new Bright Futures Coordinator and principal at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. “Over 160 back packs full of school supplies were provided to Carthage students last year.  Through your efforts, we can help all of our students be ready to learn this fall.”
    Johnson, who works out of an office at 800 Grant St., said this is the first of a school year full of outreach and programs by Bright Futures volunteers.
    “Volunteers work year-round to meet the needs of our students,” Johnson said. “The Bright Futures Snack-Pack Program is ongoing, providing food for students even throughout the summer months. Other student needs are identified and met through building site councils and Facebook connections."
    Bright Futures’ sole purpose is to remove barriers to students’ education. Approximately 2,900 (65%) of Carthage students are living in poverty and many of them do not have the skills or support to overcome life’s challenges. Bright Futures serves as the hub connecting community resources with students that need them in an effort to  give all students the opportunity to develop skills they need to be successful – not only to graduation, but beyond.  
    For more information contact:
    Sarah Johnson, Bright Futures Assistant Coordinator
    Phone: 417-758-0899
    Email:    johnsons@carthage.k12.mo.us
    On Facebook: www.facebook.com/brightfuturescarthage

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