“Stuff the Bus” event to help kindergarteners

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STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – School supplies can get costly, especially for lower income families. That’s why the Pocono Services for Families and Children and 93.5 SBG held their 14th annual “Stuff the Bus” drive outside the Staples in Stroudsburg.

Items collected go to the children from the Monroe County Head Start program who are heading into kindergarten. Organizers say this year is difficult particularly because families are unsure if classes will be online again or in person.

“We are trying to collect supplies to make sure that the 143 kids that we are transitioning into the four school districts here in the county all have the resources they need,.” said Tim Lee, Executive Director, Pocono Services for Families and Children.

While the goal is to collect 935 items, organizers tell me they typically collect 1200 to 1400 items. But this year might be a little different.

“Today is very light. You know we were kind of concerned about doing that here in the middle of a pandemic and what that was going to look like and we debated and questioned about whether to do this virtually or live and we went this way,” said Lee.

In addition to the school supplies collected on Saturday, the non-profit is also in the process of ordering Chromebooks for those in the head start program, which is needed if classes are to be from home.

“We know that in some of our families, the only piece of technology that may be there is a phone. They may have other kids in the house hold that are school aged. Everybody is working of the same phone or the same if they are fortunate enough to have a computer on hand,” said Lee.

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