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FILL THE BUS: Bossier Parish Libraries collecting school supply donations

Bossier Parish Libraries is collecting school supplies for kids in need.
Bossier Parish Libraries is collecting school supplies for kids in need.(wwny)
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 3:25 PM CDT
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) -

WHO: United Way of Northwest Louisiana, Caddo Parish Public Schools, Bossier Parish Schools, participating area Walmart Supercenters, Bossier Parish Libraries, and Chase Bank

WHAT: United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) is encouraging Northwest Louisiana communities to shop at participating Walmart Supercenters the following weekends to purchase and donate school supplies for local students. This allows K-12 students in Bossier and Caddo Parish to start the upcoming school year with the basic tools needed for success. For those not able to attend the scheduled weekends, UWNWLA is collecting additional supplies at participating Bossier Parish Library and Chase Bank locations. In partnership with Bossier Parish Schools and Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, a COVID-19 vaccine drive-through clinic and school supply donation box will be available to the public at Airline High School.

WHEN/WHERE:

Bossier Parish Walmart Supercenter (2536 Airline Dr., Bossier City) & Vaccination Site (2801 Airline Dr., Bossier City)

  • Friday, Aug. 6, 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Caddo Parish Walmart Supercenter (6235 Westport Ave., Shreveport)

  • Friday, Aug. 13, 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHY: Fill the Bus will benefit more than 4,000 elementary, middle, and high school children identified as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and/or families struggling to make ends meet throughout two different school systems. United Way’s Fill the Bus School Supply Drive seeks to lessen the strain on already strapped household budgets. On average, families with K-12 children in the United States plan to spend $849 on school supplies, such as notebooks, pencils, backpacks, and lunchboxes, according to the National Retail Federation.

Items needed include:

  • Pencils/pens (black, blue, and red)
  • Wide-ruled loose leaf paper
  • Bottles of glue/glue sticks
  • Safety scissors
  • Crayons

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