Stuff the Bus drive keeps Roaring Fork School District Re-1 students supplied |

Stuff the Bus drive keeps Roaring Fork School District Re-1 students supplied

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – An earlier start than usual has made for a successful “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive for Roaring Fork School District Re-1 students thus far.

Donations of school supplies will still be taken at the district school buses parked at various locations, including Wal-Mart and the Glenwood Springs Mall, through this weekend.

“I was a little scared that we might not get as many supplies because of the economy, so we did start about a week or two earlier, in mid-July,” said Re-1 Transportation Director Larry Estrada, who has organized the drive for the past five years.

Students are set to return to schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt on Monday.

Estrada said that, as of mid-week this week, about 70 students and their parents had stopped by the district transportation center in Glenwood with supply lists in hand.

“We’ve had a run on supplies the last couple of days, so we’re running a little low on some things,” he said.

A bus will continue to be located at the Glenwood Springs Mall until Friday, when it will need to be put into service, Estrada said. The Wal-Mart bus will remain through the weekend.

After that, anyone wishing to donate can still bring supplies to the Roaring Fork Career Center building on 27th Street, he said.

“We still had a few things left over from last year, and we had some money in the account from cash donations, so we were able to buy about $250 worth of supplies to start,” Estrada said.

Since then, the supply drive at the “Stuff the Bus” locations has been successful, he said.

“The response from citizens, and from Wal-Mart, Target, the mall and several businesses has been great,” he said.

“It’s something we continue to do all year long, even though we don’t have the buses out there,” Estrada said. “We have a lot of new students who come in throughout the school year, and different supplies are needed at different times during the year.”

For more information on the supply drive and how to donate, call 384-5981.

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