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Stuff the Bus campaign continues to grow for STC

Students In Need Are Well Equipped With School Essentials

September 13, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"This event leaves me speechless every year," said Lindsay Schumacher after the third year of the Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce Stuff the Bus effort for the South Tama Elementary School wrapped up with the start of school on Aug. 23. "The first year I took my idea of a school supply drive to the Chamber President and Coordinator saying can we just test it out, see how it goes. I couldn't believe how great it was and how much our community came together to support our kids in need."

Scumacher's list of those supplies list the quantities collected for nearly three dozen types of items for school children ranging from book bags to pencils and everything in between: there were eight calculators, 97 colored pencils and 189 boxes of crayons to 568 folders, 64 bottles of glue and 377 notebooks. All-in-all the supplies list totaled just over 6,300 items collected.

"Last year we pre-stuffed close to 40 bags for students in need in the STC school district," she said." We had 14 left over that were used this year and pre-stuff 8 additional bags for a total of 22 students that were in need for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Displaying some of the Stuff the Bus campaign results are (l-r) Tama-Toledo Area Chamber President Matt Zmolek, Elementary Assistant Principal Kris Collins, Lindsay Schumacher, preschool teachers Susan Crain and Hannah Mullen, Elementary Principal Brad Schweppe and Kindergarten teacher Lynn Clancy.
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"The idea for this came when Tama Livestock Auction donated a large number of bags last year. They donated school bags this year as well, that we used and have a few left for next year. This is a huge help because while we received more school bags this year than we have in the past, we don't get as many due to them being a high cost item. So having the donation of school bags from Tama Livestock help tremendously," said Schumacher.

"The supplies will help many students have everything they need for the school year. We are lucky to have such incredible support from our community," Brad Schweppe, STC Elementary principal said. he expressed appreciation on behalf of the district to the organizers and contributors to program.

Shumacher credited Schweppe and STC Superintendent Jared Smith for their support.

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The State Bank of Toledo, Lincoln Savings Bank, Independent Insurance, Carmen Erhart, State Farm Insurance, Scharnweber water conditioning, Thys Chevrolet and Mark Harrington.

Drop-off locations: LattaHarris, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Independent Insurance, The state Bank of Toledo, Pinnacle Bank, Scharnweber Water Conditioning, Toledo Public library, Genesis Development, Lincoln Savings Bank, State Farm Insurance, Medicap Pharmacy, Select Medical Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Mercy Care Tama, Tama co. Abstract Co., Subway and Thys Auto.

For the first time the Stuff the Bus Drive also received monetary donations from local businesses which topped $2,000, Schumacher said. This money is directed at the purchase of classroom supplies which teachers usually spend their own money on, she said.

" While we do pre-stuff bags for those in need, we also help all kids and teachers as the extra supplies go to the supply closet for teachers to take from for the students throughout the school year," Schumacher said. " We don't receive notes from the teachers over Christmas break that our child needs more pencils, that all of their crayons are broken, or that they've used up all of their erasers. The teachers and the school end up purchasing more of these items for our kids. This event helps relieve some of that extra cost. The outpouring of support and donations for Stuff the Bus is, in a good way, overwhelming and leaves me with a strong feeling of pride in our community."

Schumacher said an idea from Deanne Raymond at Thys Chevrolet boosted the project with her idea of getting the school bus and parking it in the corner of their lot by the stop lights at Business Highway 30- and UU.S. Highway 63.



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