Concord University’s Beckley location asking community to help ‘Stuff the Bus’ again in 2014

Concord University’s Beckley campus is issuing the challenge to help them “Stuff the Bus” again this year. In 2013, the campaign collected a bus load of school supplies for children in southern West Virginia helping them have a positive start to the new school year.

Concord students, staff and faculty, along with individuals and businesses in the community, are encouraged to participate.

The “Stuff the Bus” official kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Beckley Walmart. Another collection day is planned for Saturday, Aug. 16 at the same location from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at each event. Every individual contributing a $5 donation will be registered to win the grand prize consisting of a Nikon camera bundle.

The wrap-up event will be held at Concord’s Beckley location at the Erma Byrd Center, 300 University Drive, Beaver, W. Va. on Aug. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. The winner of the camera bundle will be announced at this time.

Wanting to get a jumpstart on the campaign prior to the official summer kickoff, organizers are placing collection bins on Concord’s Athens and Beckley campuses during the spring semester.

School supplies may be dropped off at Concord’s office at the Erma Byrd Center beginning Apr. 21. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Donations will be accepted on the Athens campus starting Apr. 1 in the lobby of the Student Center.

The following supplies are on the “Stuff the Bus” wish list: elementary schools – crayons, magic markers, colored pencils and backpacks; secondary schools – calculators, flash drives, spiral one-subject notebooks, spiral three-subject notebooks, staplers, notecards and whiteout; all students – hand sanitizer, tissues, pencil cases, black and white notebooks, erasers, glue, folders, rulers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, pencils, pens and loose leaf notebook paper. Please note that no food donations may be accepted.

For additional information about the “Stuff the Bus” campaign email or call 304-256-0270.

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