Brightside Project aims to fill bus with donated school supplies

SALEM — Area residents shopping for school supplies this weekend while taking advantage of the sales tax holiday may want to throw some extras in the cart for the Brightside Project’s Fill A School Bus collection event, set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18.

The non-profit, Salem-based organization will hold its second annual classroom supply drive to benefit teachers in the Salem City School District in the Hofmeister Realty parking lot off of South Lincoln Avenue behind 675 E. State St.

Dedicated to helping low-income children in Columbiana County and the surrounding areas reach their full potential, the group uses the classroom supply drive as a means to that mission.

A press release regarding the collection event said “a new school year can be challenging for families who don’t have the resources to purchase necessary school supplies and often times teachers feel the weight of these needs in their classroom, causing them to spend money out of their own pocket to cover the costs and ensure their students are well equipped and prepared for a successful school year.”

The Brightside Project is asking the community to help fill a school bus by making donations of supplies such as pencils, glue, crayons, markers, stickers, stamps, small incentive prizes, individually wrapped candies, Kleenex, assorted sizes of Ziploc bags and Clorox wipes.

“We know that teachers spend an average of $500 out of their own pocket during the school year to meet the needs of their students whether it’s through supplies, food, clothing or other classroom needs. We want to show our support and appreciation for everything they do for our community by helping offset that out of pocket cost for teachers by collecting supplies from the community and distributing them directly to the teachers,” Brightside Project Co-Director Lisa Wallace said.

To learn more about the Brightside Project, visit www.brightsideprojectohio.org.

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