Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:18 PM by Keli Moore
Updated: Aug 15, 2012 10:19 AM
Donations made to the United Way of San Luis Obispo County's "Stuff the Bus" event were delivered to schools in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties this week.
County-wide, "Stuff the Bus" collected over 450 boxes of crayons, 1,200 spiral notebooks, and 7,200 pencils.
Tuesday, United Way in SLO handed out some donated supplies from the Stuff the Bus event to Grover Beach Elementary and Nipomo Elementary, which are with Lucia Mar Unified School District, and were chosen because they are schools most in need.
"It definitely is part of what we are faced with is buying supplies for our students especially this school because we have a lot of lower income students," said Natalie Payne, a first year teacher at Nipomo Elementary.
So she spent $300 of her own to give 29 students an equal opportunity to learn.
"Some kids don't even have a backpack," she explained as she prepared her classroom for the first say of school. "Without the supplies, what I would be able to do would be really limited."
But that will not be the case on the first day of school, because Tuesday afternoon Stuff the Bus made a stop a Nipomo Elementary School.
On board boxes of folders, backpacks, crayons, pencils and much more.
"It means that we are able to give them what we want. And me being a new teacher, I don't have a lot of money to go out and spend, so it makes it less stressful," she explained.
More than $12,000 in school supplies were handed out in San Luis Obispo County. Exact numbers for Santa Barbara County have not been calculated.
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