Businesses, community groups make donations for Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

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Phil Beckman pulled up in his bus hoping for a significant stockpile of school supplies. But the Northwest ISD Partners in Education specialist received a surprise when he rolled up at Roanoke Senior Center last week.

In addition to paper, notebooks, pens, pencils and the like, the elderly Northwest school district stakeholders had taken up a collection of cash. They handed Beckman $300 toward the purchase of additional supplies.

“It was awesome,” Beckman said. “They took up a collection for the purchase of any more supplies we might need for the children.”

In all, the Durham Transportation bus visited six sites around the school district last week to collect school supply donations. And numerous businesses and community groups also took up supply collections in support of the Partners in Education Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive.

The event is designed to ensure that all students in the district have the things they need for the start of the school year. The first day of classes in Northwest school district is Aug. 27.

“We’re actually taking a school bus to the locations and picking up supplies,” Beckman said. “We’re just grateful for everything the community is doing for us.”

The delegation for the bus tour included Beckman and representatives from Heavenly Supply Depot, a Lewisville-based non-profit. Everywhere the bus stopped, employees of businesses and members of the public posed for pictures in front of the bus. The district has long collected supplies, but the bus campaign is new this year. And early returns are highly positive, Beckman said.

The supplies raised will be provided to students of families with financial needs at an Aug. 3 health fair at Northwest High School sponsored by Partners in Education and Heavenly Depot. Students will also be able to get haircuts, health screenings and more. So far, the families of more than 800 students have pre-registered to receive supplies at the fair. Families planning to attend the fair can go to for more information.

“We’ve never done anything like this before,” Beckman said of the bus campaign and health fair. “This is new for us. We thought it would be a win-win for all of us, especially the kids.”

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