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Donate back-to-school supplies today to help students tomorrow

April E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

There’s a bus parked in front of the Glenwood Springs Mall that’s not yet headed back to school.Before it transports children to class, first it will be filled with required school supplies for Roaring Fork School District Re-1 students in need.”It’s just to help out the kids,” said Larry Estrada, RFSD director of transportation. “There are a lot of kids out there who need supplies required for their education.”The program, titled “Stuff the Bus,” was started in 2003 to help children of low-income families in the school district approach the school year each fall. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2007 Consumer Intentions and Actions Back-to-School survey, families are expected to spend approximately $94 on school supplies, up from $86 last year.”All the supplies go toward students in the Roaring Fork School District in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood,” Estrada said. “We figure we help anywhere from 120 to 140 students a year who cannot afford supplies.”Estrada is informed of families in need through school employees, family resource organizations such as Catholic Charities, and word of mouth. Low-income families can call 384-5981 to personally request school-supply assistance.”I don’t grill them – I take their word for it,” Estrada said, of the process. “It’s all confidential.”To donate supplies (see list of needed items), stop by the school bus at the Glenwood Springs Mall, or look for it at future retail store locations around the city. Money can also be donated by calling 384-5981.We have some supplies left over from last year we added to the bus,” Estrada said. “People have been very, very generous.”Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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