Residents of San Bernardino, Highland and surrounding areas donated $15,000 in school supplies for local students, making Assemblyman Mike Morrell’s (R-Rancho Cucamonga) first annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign a resounding success.
“While much of the recession may be behind us, the fact is that far too many Inland Empire families do not have the means to provide their children with basic school supplies,” said Morrell. “I’m thrilled that the community has strongly responded to our call to help provide these supplies by filling up a school bus. Their generosity will help give many students the tools they need to succeed in school. I cannot thank our generous partners and members of the community enough for stepping up to the plate to help our kids.”
The “Stuff the Bus” campaign, which ran from August 5 to 16, collected donations of new school supplies to deliver to students from low income families who may not be able to afford them. The supplies, which were collected at Morrell’s district office and Big Lots stores in San Bernardino and Highland, will be given to students attending San Bernardino City Unified School District schools. More than 30 volunteers helped to collect, sort and deliver the donations to the school district on the last day of the drive.
A community coalition of businesses and community leaders, including Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County, fueled the success of “Stuff the Bus” by donating their time and resources to the effort.
Major supporters of the Stuff the Bus campaign included:
- Kaiser Permanente ($3,000 in supplies from an employee-driven collection drive)
- AT&T ($2,500 check to San Bernardino City Unified for school supplies)
- Durham School Services (loaned a school bus and donated supplies)
- San Manuel Band of Mission Indians ($250 in supplies)
- Community Action Partnership (100 backpacks and supplies)
“I want to thank Assemblyman Morrell and everyone who helped to stuff the bus and spread the word about our efforts,” said Dr. Dale Marsden, Superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District. “Without them, many students would have gone without the supplies they need to succeed as the school year begins.”