GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Store shelves are filling up with school supplies. Some districts hope you'll buy a few extra items, because they have an increasing number of students who can't afford even the basics.
Stuff the Bus kicks off Friday, August 3. Organizers are striving to get at least 500 more supplies than last year to meet the demands of six districts.
This is the third year for "Stuff the Bus" in the Grand Rapids area, and sponsoring companies first collected 2,500 supplies.
The goal this year is to receive 3,500 brand-new pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, and rulers.
Sponsors, including Amway and Fifth Third Bank, are donating backpacks with deodorant, shampoo, and toothbrushes.
These will go to middle schoolers in Grand Rapids, Hudsonville, Jenison, Wyoming Park, Godfrey Lee and East Kentwood public schools.