On July 1, United Way of West Florida, along with Cat Country 98.7, NewsRadio 92.3, Escambia County School District, Santa Rosa County School District, Pensacola News Journal, and WEAR TV-3, will kick off Stuff the Bus, the only School District-approved supply drive held each year in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Since 1999, this longstanding initiative has helped ensure that local students head back to school with the tools they need to succeed in the upcoming school year.
In 2019, Escambia County collected and distributed over $50,000 in donated supplies, and Santa Rosa County distributed over 1,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies directly to local students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020’s Stuff the Bus campaign was limited to a virtual monetary donation drive with all proceeds directed to the school districts.
Representatives from Escambia and Santa Rosa County School Districts are eager to return to an in-person supply drive this year.
“We are thrilled that we are going to be able to welcome the community to assist us in person once again,” said Wanda Kotick, Coordinator of Community Involvement, Escambia County School District. “Our neighbors, friends, and members of the community-at-large provide an invaluable service to the families and students of the Escambia County School District by their participation in Stuff the Bus. We could not do what we do without their support,” she added.
Dawn Stone, Santa Rosa County District Schools Secretary of Federal Programs, echoes that sentiment. “We are super excited for the opportunity to be having Stuff the Bus back in person! This is an excellent opportunity for our community to be actively involved in helping our students and teachers.”
Beginning on July 1, monetary donations can be made in support of Stuff the Bus by texting SCHOOL850 to 41444 or visiting www.uwwf.org/school850.
Donations of school supplies may be dropped off on July 15 and 22 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, respectively. For a list of items requested by the school districts, please visit www.uwwf.org/stb.
In Escambia County, the primary Stuff the Bus drop-off site will be Cordova Mall, with Ferry Pass and Warrington Elementary Schools serving as secondary sites.
The Dillon Administrative Office in Milton will serve as Santa Rosa County’s primary site. Gulf Breeze High School and Holly Navarre Intermediate School will be secondary drop-off sites.
Escambia County School Supply Drop-Off Sites – July 15, 2021
For more information about Stuff the Bus, please visit United Way of West Florida’s website at www.uwwf.org/stb.
United Way of West Florida (UWWF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every citizen in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. UWWF has operated locally for 97 years with a vision of a community United to create better opportunities for all. By investing in programs, participating in partnerships, and leveraging resources, UWWF works to meet a mission of Uniting our community to improve lives.