We all know that education is critical to the success of our city and our students can’t do their best without the school supplies they need. That’s why, during a recent lunch with Fulton High School Principal Rob Speas, I was saddened to learn that many of his students don’t come to school with the basic school supplies they need to complete their work. That conversation sparked the idea for our upcoming Stuff The Bus event.

What: Stuff the Bus – School Supply Donation Drive
Why: Benefits Fulton High School students for the 2018-19 school year
When: Saturday, July 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Tax Free Saturday)
Where: Broadway Shopping Center – 2001 North Broadway

Donations will be collected at the yellow school bus parked next to Suntrust bank
Requested Donations: Pencils, pens, highlighters, dry erase markers, binder clips, paper clips, notecards, folders, binders, spiral notebooks, copy paper, backpacks, sling backpacks, headphones, tissues, hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes.

I frequently receive questions about education from citizens throughout Knoxville and many of our neighbors want to know how council can help support our public schools. The City of Knoxville supports public education by providing 72 cents out of every dollar in sales tax to Knox County Schools, but I believe that council can also help directly by partnering with our schools in collaboration with local businesses and community organizations.

I’m excited to partner with fellow Councilmembers Lauren Rider (District 4) and Mark Campen, (District 5) along with the North Knoxville Business and Professional Association and merchants at the Broadway Shopping Center to collect these much-needed school supplies.

We need your help in supporting these deserving students, so please stop by and see us this Saturday from 10AM-4PM. We look forward to seeing you!

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