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United Way of Hernando County's Stuff the Bus school supply drive to help teachers and parents

Posted at 11:20 AM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 06:36:31-04

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. — The new school year starts in about one month which puts many families in a financial hole.

Hernando County Schools says over 60% of parents struggle to buy supplies for their children. And almost 94% of teachers buy items out of pocket to stock their classrooms.

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You can help out by donating back-to-school supplies to the United Way of Hernando County.

The non-profit organization is holding a 3-day Stuff the Bus school supply drive July 12 to 14.

Some of the most needed items are as follows:

  • Backpacks
  • Computer notebooks
  • Calculators
  • Colored pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Copy paper
  • Crayons
  • Dictionaries/Thesaurus
  • Dry erase markers
  • Erasers
  • File folders
  • Glue bottles
  • Glue sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Markers
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Sprial notebooks
  • Wide/college ruled paper

Over 200 Stuff the Bus volunteers will be collecting the supplies 11:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the following ten locations throughout Hernando County:

Publix stores

  • Avalon: 13455 County Line Rd
  • Barclay: 14371 Spring Hill Dr
  • Brooksville Square: 19390 Cortez Blvd
  • Glen Lakes: 9595 Commercial Way
  • Hernando West: 1400 Pinehurt Dr
  • Lakewood Plaza: 4365 Commercial Way
  • Mariner Commons: 4158 Mariner Blvd
  • Seven Hills: 160 Mariner Blvd

Walmart stores

  • Spring Hill: 1485 Commercial Way
  • Brooksville: 7305 Broad St

If you are running short on time to purchase school supplies you can still help out by buying a gift card and dropping it off at the Stuff the Bus location. Volunteers will then shop for supplies using the gift card.

For more information, contact the United Way of Hernando County by calling 352-688-2026 or visit