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PACK THE BUS: Bossier Chamber of Commerce hosts back-to-school drive for teachers

The Bossier Parish Chamber of Commerce is collecting school supplies to help out teachers.
The Bossier Parish Chamber of Commerce is collecting school supplies to help out teachers.(KSLA)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 12:15 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 3:31 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - It’s time to pack the bus!

The Bossier Parish Chamber of Commerce hosted a back-to-school supply drive in conjunction with the Bossier Parish School System and Advocate Advertising Group.

Jill Valentine, a diplomat for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, said the need to help families is greater this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “People are finally going back to school, and they’re going to be in the classrooms and they need all the support they can get.”

KEY DETAILS

WHO: Bossier Parish Chamber of Commerce, Bossier Parish School System, and Advocate Advertising Group

WHAT: School supply drive for teachers

WHERE: Dilla’s Quesadillas, 2035 Airline Dr., Bossier City

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Statista reports that parents will spend $253.46 on average on back-to-school clothing and items this year.

Trennon Dodson said he is giving back because he understands how stressful it can be for families.

“It was just me and Mom, and my Dad too, but single mom when I was with her. It was hard to get school supplies and stuff like that, and I just wanted to help much people as I could,” he said.

Dodson, who owns Trendz Barbershop in Bossier City, said he plans to pay it forward. “Also to support back to school, I’m going to be doing $10 back-to-school haircuts until the 22nd.”

According to Adopt a Classroom, teachers will spend $750 to supply their classes this school semester.

“There’s a lot of kids out here struggling to find out where their school supplies will come from,” said Melissa Couch, of Barksdale Federal Credit Union.

Adopt a Classroom data also show that 80% of children had fewer supplies because they could not share them last year.

Dilla’s Quesadillas owner Pete John chose to give back in a different way. “We donated $500. And the Vintage Realty Group that manages this property found we were doing it, so they donated $1,000.”

The goal of the drive was to help teachers in Bossier Parish get fully stocked with supplies when families are unable to provide their kids with what’s needed. Items being collected for the drive included:

  • Spiral notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • Graph paper
  • Manila folders
  • Kleenex/paper towels
  • Glue sticks/bottled glue
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Blue or black ink pens
  • Red ink pens
  • Dry erase markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Washable markers
  • Crayons
  • Plastic pencil boxes or pouches
  • Cap erasers
  • Pink erasers
  • Safety scissors for kids
  • Index cards (3x5 and 4x6)
  • Backpacks
  • Headphones (not earbuds)

Supplies will be accepted past the day of the drive and can be dropped off at the Bossier Educational Service Center, located at 2900 Douglas Drive in Bossier City.

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