By CALVIN PYNN
Pulaski County Public Schools (PCPS) is bringing back their “Pack the Bus” program for the 2014-2015 school year in an effort to gather school supplies and help out students.
According to Executive Office Assist of Operations Sheila Brown, PCPS wants every each student to receive everything in order to get the best education possible. She is helping facilitate the program this year.
“I feel very strongly about helping every student to be successful,” Brown said. “I know some students come to school feeling at a disadvantage because of supplies they weren’t able to bring.”
For Pack the Bus, a school bus is brought to a specified site. For the time it’s there, anyone can bring purchased school supplies and load them on the bus for students to take to school.
Currently, the schedule has three collection sites. The first will be on Tuesday, July 29, as a school bus will be at the Fairlawn Walmart from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect school supplies.
“Pack the Bus” will continue on Friday afternoon, Aug.1, at Walmart in Dublin from 3 to 6 p.m. The final “Pack the Bus” event will be at Thursday, Aug. 14 Pulaski Mariner’s game at Calfee Park from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
For that night, all students will get into the game for free if accompanied by a paying adult. Those who bring school supplies to donate will be entered into a raffle for various prizes, including a personal electronic device.
Last year’s prize was an iPad Mini.
Overall, the whole mission behind “Pack the Bus” is to collectively help all of the students with PCPS have the best possible educational experience in school, according to Brown. It’s a community effort.
“Success happens when we all work together,” Brown said. “We appreciate our community for caring and making this a way to help the students of Pulaski County.”