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The beginning of the school year can bring many emotions to parents: sadness because the summer went by too quickly, anticipation of getting back into the everyday routine and excitement because they won’t have to hear the phrase, “I’m bored!” quite as frequently. While these feelings all seem normal, there is one more that pops up more frequently than any of us would like, and that is dread.

School Costs 2015Did you know that the estimated cost to send a child back to school in 2015 in $630? As childhood poverty increases, it continues to become more difficult for families to find the resources to purchase the school supplies necessary to send their student back to school.

To help combat the high costs of school supplies, the Wisconsin Lions and Lioness from around the state and schools have formed a partnership named Stuff the Bus!

Stuff the Bus is like a food drive, but instead of canned goods, local Lions Club collect new or unused school supplies that are then donated to area schools. The official collection date was last Saturday, August 8, but many Wisconsin clubs are collecting throughout the month. You can still participate to find a collection site near you.

Lions Pride is so proud to support the local Lions and Lioness Clubs who taking part in Stuff the Bus 2015. Together, we can all work together to help take the strain out of back to school shopping for families around the state of Wisconsin.

Iola Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus 2014 in Iola; Photo Credit to Waupaca County News