Last school year, more than 22,000 children were identified as homeless in San Diego County. Kids face many hardships. School supplies should not be one of them.
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is once again partnering this summer with the San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU®) to collect new, unused school supplies for local students experiencing homelessness.
There are many ways to give during the Stuff the Bus campaign, including online now at www.sdcoe.net/stuffthebus2019donations. Donations are welcome in any amount; for example, $10 will provide for the purchase of a backpack for a secondary-age student or basic supplies kit, while $15 covers the cost of a backpack filled with supplies for an elementary-age student.
Stuff the Bus officially kicks off July 1, with two SDCCU buses touring the county to collect new, unused school supplies during stops at credit union branches, shopping centers, and partner agencies. In addition, collection bins for donations of new school supplies will be available throughout July at all San Diego County SDCCU branches, 17 Mathnasium locations (4S Ranch, Carmel Valley, Eastlake, La Costa, La Jolla, Lemon Grove, Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch, Mission Gorge, North Carlsbad, Oceanside North, Point Loma, Poway, Rancho Peñasquitos, Rancho San Diego West, San Marcos, Santee, and South Escondido), and select SDCOE locations:
- SDCOE main campus, 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego (Information Office and Cafeteria)
- SDCOE Homeless Education Services office, 3878 Old Town Ave., Suite 200, San Diego
- North County Regional Educational Center, 255 Pico Ave., San Marcos
- South County Regional Education Center, 800 National City Blvd., National City
Items being requested include backpacks, binders, binder dividers, binder paper, notebooks, pocket folders, flashcards, pens, pencils, colored pencils, pencil pouches, pencil sharpeners, markers, highlighters, crayons, erasers, scissors, tape, glue sticks, rulers, and calculators.
In 2018, the campaign collected more than 231,000 new supplies. Organizers are hopeful that they will surpass that this summer.
If you have questions, please contact Susie Terry.