763 children receive Backpacks from Stuff The Bus campaign [UPDATED]Published 8:46am Thursday, September 20, 2012 Updated 11:49am Thursday, September 20, 2012
On Aug. 7, volunteers came together from various communities around Otter Tail County to accept donations of school supplies for the annual Stuff the Bus campaign.
The goal of this program was to ensure that as many children as possible in Otter Tail County can start off their school year feeling prepared and determined to learn, as well as ease the burden on families who are struggling financially.
Once again, the campaign was a huge success and 763 children received backpacks filled with school supplies for the start of the school year. The breakdown of children served was such:
• Fergus Falls – 238; Perham – 138; Pelican Rapids – 117; Underwood – 51; Battle Lake – 52; New York Mills – 53; Parkers Prairie – 50; Henning — 14; Wadena — 5; Children residing outside of Otter Tail County but attending school in Otter Tail County – 45
Thank you so much to all of the generous community members and local businesses who contributed to the success of this program either through a monetary donation, a donation of school supplies, or a donation of their time to help with this event.
The Stuff the Bus campaign is made possible through collaboration between the Battle Lake School District, Kinship of the Perham Area, Mahube-Otwa Community Action Council, Parkers Prairie School District, Pelican Rapids School District, The Salvation Army, Underwood School District, United Way of Otter Tail County and volunteer coordinator Angela Fiedler.