On behalf of Craven County Partners In Education, I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the success of our “Stuff The Bus” campaign.
Through the generosity of our community, we received over 8,900 school supply items with an estimated value of $9,630 (up one-third from last year!). Plus, we received cash donations and sponsorships of $5,400, allowing us to serve over 445 Craven County School children. We also received $4,200 in-kind sponsorships, which helped us to keep our expenses to a minimum.
Thank you to our sponsors who made this event a tremendous success: AlphaGraphics, BB&T, BSH Home Appliances, CarolinaEast Health System, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, Duke Energy, Fuel Warehouse, Joe Alcoke Auto& Truck Sales, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, PotashCorp, Ward and Smith, Wells Fargo Weyerhaeuser, Williams-Scarborough-Smith-Gray CPA, Bojangles, Coastal Children’s Clinic, and Dr. Todd Rankin.
Several businesses also served as drop-off locations as we led up to the event which included AlphaGraphics, BB&T, Bojangles, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, Bob 93.3 and WRNS offices, Sun Journal, Wells Fargo, and Williams-Scarborough-Smith-Gray CPA.
I would be remiss if I did not thank the Marines who arrived to save the day in Havelock. A special thank you to Kim Hall and Vicki Browder from Texas Steakhouse for giving out brownies and coupons to those who donated and providing lunch to our volunteers at the Dr. M.L.K., Jr., Blvd., Walmart site.
I would also like to thank all of those behind the scenes who played a critical role in the success of this event: Sun Journal, Havelock News, Phil Knight, WNBU Talk Radio, C3TV (City of New Bern), CTV10 (Craven County Community Television), BOB 93.3 and WRNS, and WITN for the coverage; AlphaGraphics, for their partnership; Walmart for allowing us to park the buses and making our collections in front of the stores in Havelock and New Bern; Chick-Fil-A and Bojangles for the gift coupons; and all of the volunteers who came out to work the day of the event.
The mission of Stuff the Bus is to serve as many children as possible who have been identified as in need by their school’s guidance counselor and principal with the needed school supplies they require to succeed in school. These school supplies will give them the tools they need to help keep them on the road to learning.
An investment in Partners In Education is an investment in our workforce, our community and our future. Good things are happening at PIE!
Darlene J. Brown, Executive Director, Craven County Partners In Education