STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Northwoods United Way (NWUW) school supply donation event, Stuff the Bus, took place Aug. 30, 2016 at the Rhinelander Walmart parking lot. “Individuals were encouraged to buy two, give one when shopping for their back-to-school supplies this year,” said Nancy Sattler, Executive Director for Northwoods United Way. “Businesses that conducted their own school supply drives in the month of August were also encouraged to bring the items collected to the bus.”
The NWUW sorted the donated supplies and delivered them to NCES, Crescent, Central and Pelican elementary schools Sept. 1, the first day of classes. “The goal was to ensure that all students are on equal footing when school starts,” Sattler added. “Many children look forward to arriving on the first day of school with new notebooks, backpacks and pencils, but it’s a different story for children whose families can’t afford these items.”
Calling it a “great example of bringing the community together to live united,” Sattler thanked Bowen Bus Service for the use of a bus for the event and Walmart for the use of their parking lot for the afternoon.
Sattler estimates the value of supplies donated exceeded $1,000, and said they plan to hold the event again next year.
For information about the Northwoods United Way, contact Nancy Sattler at 715-369-0440 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.