It’s the first day of school and you are already behind. That’s what it feels like for kids who don’t have the supplies they need.
Last year, community support of Stuff the Bus helped changed that.
In Bucks County, 4 out of every 25 kids struggle to have their basic needs met. For them, the school supplies other people consider “essential” are out of reach.
It impacts their self-esteem and their success in school.
If we can help these children start the school year feeling confident, they are more likely to feel like they “fit in,” to keep trying, and to stay on the path to graduation.
Meet James. James is a smart, spunky, loving little boy. His mother is battling addiction and can’t care for him right now.
He lives with his grandmother, Martha.
“I live on a fixed income already and I don’t know how I am going to afford all of the supplies on his list,” Martha explained when she called looking for help. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t want him to go without,” she added, with emotion edging into her voice.
James is lucky. He received a backpack full of supplies and he entered 3rd grade ready to learn. He and Martha were so grateful.
For them, it was more than just pencils and notebooks and folders. It was a chance to feel just like everyone else.
Your support would ensure that children like James start the school year prepared and ready to succeed. Please help if you can.
PS Providing backpack full of much needed supplies is easy. Visit our website at www.uwbucks.org/stuffthebus to make a donation. Your gift of any size will really makes a difference for a child here in Bucks County!