‘Stuff the Bus’: Annual event returns to help Head Start students in Monroe County

With the start of school only a couple weeks away, it’s time to “Stuff the Bus” with needed supplies for Monroe County Head Start children.

On Saturday, radio station 93.5 SBG and Pocono Services for Families and Children will once again partner on this annual school supply drive to help kids in the local Head Start program. This year marks the event’s 15th anniversary.

Donations can be brought to the Staples parking lot on Route 611 in Stroudsburg from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The station will be broadcasting live, with radio personalities on hand.

Items needed to fill the bus include: glue, chalk, big crayons, pens/pencils, manila folders, construction paper, watercolor paint, washable and dry erase markers, poster board, staples, kids’ scissors, stickers, tape, and finger paint paper. Other requested materials are: tempera paint, colored pencils, model magic, post-it notes, pencil boxes, writing pads, pocket folders and soft, plastic 3-ring binders/folders.

“The Pocono community has always been very generous in contributing to Stuff the Bus,” said Kyleen Waters, promotions director for 93.5 SBG. “We hope to collect 1,500 items this year for the 15th anniversary.”

PSFC Acting Executive Director Sandy Shay said the supply drive helps ensure that children start the school year prepared and ready for success. She encouraged parents to stop by the bus that day with their own children. “This is a great way for youngsters to get involved in giving back to their community and helping fellow students,” Shay said.

Anyone who can’t get to Staples this weekend can bring their donations to the radio station on Main and 7th Streets in Stroudsburg. For more information, visit 935sbg.com or psfc.org.