SEATTLE — City Light teamed up with Councilmember O’Brien’s office and our customers to help Communities in Schools of Seattle in the annual Stuff the Bus campaign, which helps kids from low-income families head back to school with needed school supplies.
City employees and the public donated more than a vanload of backpacks, pencils, markers, notebooks, scissors, calculators and other school items from July 15 to August 16. All the materials were loaded into a bright yellow school bus on August 21.
Through the Stuff the Bus campaign, Communities in Schools hopes to send 9,000 kids from low-income families back to school with full backpacks, ready to learn.
Every year, families spend between $60 and $100 on school supplies per child. Many families have more than one child to send to school, and the expense quickly rises. Not only do families suffer from these costs, but teachers also take on much of the burden. The average school teacher spends about $400 each year out of their own pocket to provide supplies for their students.
Donations from Stuff the Bus help lessen the burden of these high costs for families and teachers alike. City Light thanks those who contributed to Stuff the Bus to provide for a bright and exciting school year for these kids.