Help sought in filling bus with school supplies

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A group of local organizations, businesses and social service agencies are depending on the generosity of local residents to help them fill backpacks with school supplies for students who can’t afford to buy them.

Shoppers will be asked to chip in to support the effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Walmart on Columbus’ west side, 2025 Merchants Mile, where a bus will be waiting to be filled with donated school supplies.

The supplies will then by sorted and placed in backpacks by volunteers with the Bartholomew County School Supply Assistance Program, a collaboration of 11 organizations, businesses and agencies who have worked for more than 10 years to provide school supplies to families that would struggle to pay for them.

Please read Friday’s edition of The Republic for more details.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.