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Community Fills Buses to Help Students in Need

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School starts in just a few days and that means back to school shopping.

For some parents and students, it may be difficult to afford these items.

Stephanie Scheurer has the details on how you can help a child in need.

"It's fun to watch kids that can barely get up the steps of the bus put big backpacks of stuff on," says Todd Mitchell, Y93.

This sounds like a youngster's typical first day of school.

But Todd Mitchell is referring to the many families and children donating school supplies to those in need...and putting them on this big bus.

Today is the 17th Annual Fill the Bus day.

Y93 and Bismarck Public Schools work together to put this event on every year.

"There are some people that when they were kids got donations, now they've grown up now that we've been doing this for 17 years. They're bringing by donations. You know we're going to get to the point now where, you know, their kids are going to be bringing donations too but it's really cool to watch," Todd Mitchell

"We take the buses the next day and we make sure we find volunteers to help unload, we set everything on tables, we make sure the counselors and all the agency people in Bismarck/Mandan and the surrounding area know where to come to pick up supplies for the students that are in need," says Renae Walker, Director of Community Relations for Bismarck Public Schools.

Events like Fill the Bus help make a difference in the lives of many children.

Renae Walker says it's likely that there are a couple thousand students in the community that are unable to afford school supplies.

"I think it's one of those things you feel rather than know. We do really run out within a day or two of all of the school supplies that we have. We've noticed that. The other great thing is we've also noticed that our donations have increased so I think the public realizes that we have more of a need so they come through year after year with more school supplies or cash donations," says Walker.

So as you're browsing this year's school supply list, consider throwing in a couple extra items.

Families can know that by filling the bus, they're filling other students' hearts by providing just what they need for school.

In Bismarck for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer.

If you didn't get a chance to catch one of the buses, Hughes Education Center and Clear Channel Radio will still be accepting school supplies and monetary donations after today.

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