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Faces of Success: Buena Vista Elementary School Students

Buena Vista Elementary School students and teachers like Antoinette Edmonds were well prepared at the beginning of the school year, thanks to last year's Stuff the Bus Days of Action.

“When our children arrived at school on the first day, they didn't have to worry about school supplies,” said Edmonds. “They were able to focus all of their attention on learning, thanks to Stuff the Bus Days of Action.”

The 2016 Stuff the Bus Days of Action provided backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 9,500 Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) students on the first day of the new school year. This included 8,500 children at nine different MNPS elementary schools — Buena Vista, Fall-Hamilton, Glenview, Haywood, Kirkpatrick, Napier, Tom Joy, Tusculum and Whitsitt Elementary Schools — as well as an additional 1,100 MNPS high school students. Teachers at benefiting schools also received boxes of supplies for their classrooms.

“When you take away the worries associated with purchasing school supplies, it enables teachers to focus on teaching, and students can focus on learning.”

MNPS reports 75 percent of students are economically disadvantaged. Many parents simply cannot afford the school supplies that their children need. Last year’s Stuff the Bus Days of Action brought together 960 caring, committed volunteers from 88 different United Way corporate partners through a series of five unique volunteer opportunities (Field Day, Corporate Challenge, Supply Collection Drives, Sort-a-Thon and Backpack Delivery). These are designed to address the educational needs of students in schools like Buena Vista Elementary School.                                   

“Stuff the Bus Days of Action shows our students their community cares more about being selfless than selfish. Once they understand this concept, it will inspire them to help others in need.”

Over the past eight years, Stuff the Bus Days of Action has inspired almost 28,600 students to pursue their educational dreams by providing backpacks filled with school supplies to them. This outpouring of support and generosity allows them to begin a new school year with confidence and dignity.

To learn more about United Way's Education programs, click here.
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