July 24, 2016

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STUFF THE BUS: 31,000 school supplies collected

MEDINA — More than 70 United Way volunteers endured the heat to sort packages of pens, notebooks and binders in order to “Stuff the Bus” and make sure 1,500 local students are prepared for school.

Together, 31,000 various supplies will be donated to the five school districts throughout the county.

The annual school supplies drive was held in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 4141 Pearl Road, in Medina on Friday.
Volunteer Becky Petak, of Wadsworth, said volunteering during the drive is important to her.

“There are a lot of families in need right now,” she said. “There are a lot of kids that will go to school feeling good because they have a back pack and supplies.”

Mary Brady, of Wadsworth, echoed Petak’s sentiment.

“If it weren’t for donations, these kids would go without supplies,” she said.
United Way Project Coordinator Kelley Jones said the amount donated this year trumps last.

“We donated 20,000 various supplies,” she said. “And this year we have just as many business participating and we have opened up donations to the public.”

Jones said after the bus is filled nonprofit partners of the United Way will pick up the supplies to distribute to students in each of the county’s five school districts.

People who missed “Stuff the Bus” but would still like to donate are encouraged to bring supplies to the United Way office, 2573 Medina Road.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.

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Andrew Davis covered Medina city government for The Gazette from January 2014 to May 2015. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.