Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Volunteers stuff buses with supplies for Hernando teachers

BROOKSVILLE — Thanks to a generous community, Hernando County teachers will have more reasons to smile when schools reopen later this month.

The fourth annual Stuff the Bus campaign last weekend garnered more donations of school supplies and money to buy additional classroom items than all previous years, said Kathy Jones, executive director of United Way of Hernando County, the project sponsor.

Contributed supplies were too numerous to count, and attempting to put a dollar value on them would be unwieldy, she said. But filed requests for specific items from 180 teachers in the Hernando School District and several private schools were met and then some, Jones reported.

"There were some really nice surprises," she added, noting receipt of a check for $500 and a gift certificate for $350.

United Way shoppers bought so much at the Dollar Tree, which offered a discount, the goods had to be loaded into a pickup by a forklift.

A request for headphones for hard-of-hearing students elicited 87 sets. "An elementary teacher wanted 200 spiral notebooks and we got them," Jones said.

Three middle school teachers asked for 60, 40 and 30 composition books, respectively. "We got more than that," Jones noted. "So, you know kids are going to do some journaling."

A request for reference materials brought in about 140 each of paperback dictionaries and thesauruses. The latter will boost essay writing required in Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests, Jones suggested, "so they can use $10 words."

"A lot of supplies are not just going to schools," she pointed out.

After the teacher stock desires were filled, more learning materials were packed for distribution to youngsters at the Dawn Center, New Beginnings, children served by Catholic Charities, the school district's Student Services program that helps provide for homeless and especially needy students, and Project Backpack, a nonprofit community outreach endeavor with a student aid mission.

"We want to share throughout every place," Jones said, but emphasized, "Our biggest mission was to help teachers because they help the kids."

She added, "This is the first year people gave food. We'll help food pantries with that." Included were canned goods, cereals and dry pastas.

Volunteers numbering about 300, including about 200 teachers, staffed the buses at various locations around the county during the three-day drive. They worked in the summer heat, sorting, loading and packing boxes. Chief among the packers were employees of Bank of America and Girl Scouts.

"We are exhausted here," Jones said, adding, "It's a good pain."

Beth Gray can be contacted at graybethn@earthlink.net.

By the numbers

87 Number of headphones donated for hard-of-hearing students.

180 Number of teachers' requests that were met.

200 Number of spiral-bound notebooks donated to fill just one teacher's request.

280 Number of dictionaries and thesauruses donated.

300 Number of volunteers who helped with the drive.

Volunteers stuff buses with supplies for Hernando teachers 08/04/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 7:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Mother of double amputee Ireland Nugent to lose her own lower right leg

    Human Interest

    Ever since Ireland Nugent lost both her lower legs in a lawn-mowing accident five years ago, the Clearwater girl has inspired her mother, Nicole Del Corpo-Nugent, with the courage she has shown in overcoming the tragedy.

    Nicole Del Corpo-Nugent, left, looked on as her daughter Ireland threw out the first pitch when the Tampa Bay Rays played the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on June 22, 2014. Jerry Nugent held his daughter for the pitch. Now Nicole Del Corpo-Nugent is facing surgery to amputate her own lower right leg due to a rare infection. WILL VRAGOVIC  |  Times (2014)
  2. Chris Archer knocked out early as Rays lose to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Another short outing by Chris Archer led to another long afternoon for the Rays in a 9-4 loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Chris Archer has not gotten past four innings in four of his past five starts. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  3. Bucs-Vikings report card: Where's this explosive offense we heard about all offseason?

    Bucs

    O NO

    True, the Bucs defense looked pretty leaky in the 34-17 loss to the Vikings. But you know what needs to happen when the defense is getting torched? The offense needs to step up. In games such as these, with defensive players seemingly getting hurt every play, the offense needs to outscore the other …

    Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) intercepts a Jameis Winston pass intended for wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Bucs-Vikings: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay's 34-17 loss

    Bucs

    MINNEAPOLIS — Here's Rick Stroud and Tom Jones' instant analysis from the Bucs' 34-17 loss at Minnesota Sunday. More to come from Rick & Tom — and Greg Auman —- from Minneapolis later today.

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) dives over the pylon for a touchdown as  Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith (29) defends. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Worst-Case scenario: Case Keenum, Vikings hand Bucs 34-17 loss

    Bucs

    MINNEAPOLIS — With key defensive starters out with injury, the Bucs were dominated by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, with fill-in quarterback Case Keenum beating Tampa Bay for the third year in a row, …

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]