The largest school supply drive in Marion County celebrates a year #13 of giving to students this summer.
“Operation: Stuff the Bus®” started in 2002 as a summer drive to gather school supplies for Marion County’s homeless students. Today, the program helps approximately 2,500 needy students throughout Marion County Public Schools.
“Operation: Stuff the Bus®” affords local residents the opportunity to make a true difference in a homeless child’s life by donating new school supplies, children’s clothing, shoes, books, personal hygiene items, gifts cards and financial contributions. To date, the campaign has collected approximately $413,000 in donations and merchandise, which has been distributed through the school district’s Homeless Student program and guidance counselors.
A decorated school bus with ample room to “stuff” donations inside continues to appear at local retail stores from 9am-5pm according to the following schedule:
July 12, Saturday – Walmart, 9570 SW Hwy 200, Ocala
July 26, Saturday – Walmart Silver Springs, 4980 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala
July 26, Saturday – Zumba event at Vanguard High, 7 NW 28 St., Ocala, 10AM-Noon, $15 per person includes T-shirt
August 2, Saturday – Kmart Belleview, 10301 SE US Hwy 441, Belleview
August 5, “Super Tuesday” with stops at the Marion County Board of County Commissioners, Community Bank & Trust, Wells Fargo, Mojo’s Grill, and the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors®.
August 9, Saturday – Walmart The Villages, 17961 S. US Hwy 441, Summerfield
Checks benefitting “Operation: Stuff the Bus®” should be indicated as such and made payable to Operation: Stuff the Bus®, c/o Homeless Children Program, Marion County Public Schools, 1517 SE 30 Ave. #5, Ocala, FL, 34471.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Lake Weir
Graphic Arts students who recently traveled to Orlando to battle it out in the Specialty and Graphic Imaging Association’s annual competition. They walked away with five honors including an Award of Excellence and four Certificates of Merit. Wining students included Courtney Dupree, McKenzie Johnson, Saylor Deas, Travis Mauldin, and Mallory Proue-Yarbrough. Graphic Arts Teacher Tom Natalino accompanied the students on their award-winning journey.
Total visits since 1/1/2013: 3,355,795
Total visits in 2013: 11,615,641
Total visits in 2012: 11,799,753
Total visits in 2011: 9,268,306
Total visits in 2010: 8,620,826
Total visits in 2009: 4,851,153
Total visits in 2008: 3,104,170
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