Channel 9's 9 School Tools drive got a big boost in Gastonia on Thursday. Gaston County Schools held a very special collection called "Stuff that Bus!"
The parking lot of Office Depot on Franklin Blvd. was filled with cheerleaders, student athletes, a drumline and a vintage 1950’s school bus -- loaded with donated school supplies. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., community neighbors stopped by to donate items for students who do not have the necessary supplies to start school this year.
“Due to hardships, they (students) don't have necessarily the tools, they have the readiness, they want to learn, but they don't have what other people take for granted,” Mindee Mammano, a teacher at Stuart Cramer High School said.
For the past 20 years, in partnership with Communities in Schools Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Classroom Central, the WSOC-TV 9 School Tools program collects school supplies, which are then distributed to students in grades K – 12. 9 School Tools’ donations stay in the county where they're donated -- so all the Stuff that Bus donations will help students in Gaston County Schools.
From now until Aug. 20, you can donate school supplies at over 100 donation locations across 22 counties in the Carolinas. You can find your nearest donation location by clicking on this link 9 School Tools Donation Locations.
You can also donate school supplies at forty of the WSOC-TV 9 Family Focus partner locations: Showmars, Ashley HomeStore, Hendrick Honda or E.R. Plumbing Services.
Learn more about the 9 School Tools at www.9SchoolTools.com.
PHOTOS: Gaston County's Stuff that Bus
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