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“Stuff That Bus!” collection nets 4,685 school supplies


Annual “Stuff That Bus!” collection nets 4,685 school supplies


Students in Gaston County Schools began the new academic year with lots of school supplies, thanks to the annual “Stuff That Bus!” school supplies collection.

The effort netted 4,685 items, including 113 prepackaged school supplies bags from Office Depot, which hosted the event for the fourth consecutive year.  The items were distributed to schools in Gaston County and included pencils, paper, notebooks, backpacks, crayons, markers, and much more. 

“Stuff That Bus!” was held on August 1 to kick off back-to-school month in Gaston County.  A number of special guests attended the event, including:

▪ Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker

▪ Gaston County Teacher of the Year Kody Kubbs (South Point High School)

▪ Gaston County Principal of the Year Laura Dixon (W.A. Bess Elementary School)

▪ Gaston County Schools Central Office Administrator of the Year Rebekka Powers (chief accountability officer)

▪ Cheerleaders from Stanley Middle School, East Gaston High School, and Stuart W. Cramer High School

▪ Ashbrook High School drumline

▪ Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger

▪ Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton

▪ Gaston Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) executive director Mark Lamphier

▪ GEMS dinosaur mascot “T-Wrecks”

▪ Miss Gastonia Brianna Rochford

In addition to supplies being donated from the community, several Gaston County Schools central office departments accepted the “Stuff That Bus!” challenge and collected hundreds of supplies.

“Stuff That Bus!” is affiliated with the “School Tools” campaign in the Charlotte region that is coordinated by WSOC-TV and supported locally by Office Depot, Showmars, Ashley Furniture Home Store, The Gazette, and the United Way of Gaston County.

■ More supplies coming

In addition to the “Stuff That Bus!” efforts, Gaston County Schools is receiving school supplies from Gastonia Nissan.  The dealership is collecting supplies as part of its “Fill the Frontier” campaign through September 9. Anyone wanting to donate can stop by the dealership located at 2275 East Franklin Blvd.