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Help Carthage Bright Futures Stuff the Bus!

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Carthage Bright Futures will host a Stuff-the-Bus event at the Carthage Walmart on Friday and Saturday, July 25 & 26, from 9 to 5 each day.   Donations of school supplies, including back packs, will be accepted at both doors and at the Bright Futures’ tent.  Lists of school supplies are available in the store and on the Carthage R-9 School District website at carthagetigers.org. 

“It is inspiring to see children and parents bringing crayons, pencils and paper to share with classmates who can’t afford them, said one Stuff-the-Bus volunteer.  “Many of these students purchase the supplies with their own money and their compassion is genuine.” 

Mr. Gary Danielson, newly-appointed Pleasant Valley Elementary School Principal, serves as the Carthage Bright Futures Coordinator.  “We are asking the community to come out this weekend and fill the school bus with supplies, says Mr. Danielson.  “Over 160 back packs full of school supplies were provided to Carthage students last year.  Through your efforts, we can help all of our students be ready to learn this fall.”

Sarah Johnson is the Bright Futures Assistant Coordinator with offices located at 800 Grant Street, adjacent to the Carthage Junior High School.  “Volunteers work year-round to meet the needs of our students,” says Ms. Johnson.  “The Bright Futures Snack-Pack Program is ongoing, providing food for students even throughout the summer months.”  Other student needs are identified and met through building site councils and Facebook connections.

Bright Futures’ sole purpose is to remove barriers to students’ education.  Approximately 2,900 (65%) of Carthage students are living in poverty and many of them do not have the skills or support to overcome life’s challenges.   Bright Futures serves as the hub connecting community resources with students that need them in an effort to  give all students the opportunity to develop skills they need to be successful – not only to graduation, but beyond. 

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