COPPPERAS COVE, TX — Sixty-two percent of Copperas Cove ISD students qualify for the free and reduced meal program. Many of these students’ families may find it challenging to afford school supplies on a regular school year.
The pandemic makes purchasing supplies even more difficult. Copperas Cove Walmart partnered with the school district to ensure no child lacks school supplies when class is back in session on August 18.
The 6th Annual Stuff the Bus event takes place Aug. 7-9 is taking advantage of the boost of sales expected during tax-free weekend when no tax is charged on school-related items.
Wal-Mart Manager Mandy Simmerman says the Copperas Cove Walmart has been a part of the Stuff the Bus event from the beginning, and it's something the associates look forward to each year.
“Our community is the face of our Walmart. We believe in investing in our children we serve. We owe it to our children and families during this time of the year when things can get hectic getting the students prepared for all their needs,” Simmerman said. “Many families may be struggling and unable to provide the basic school supplies their children need to be successful in the classroom. To give back year after year and be part of the sixth annual Stuff the Bus event is our way of paying it forward to the community.”
Wal-Mart will donate the first $1,000 in school supplies on to the bus to kick-off the collection drive.
The Copperas Cove High School cheerleaders will perform and student volunteers will be present to accept items at the store entrance and exit and at the CCISD activities bus.
To check out a list of school supplies that are in need visit the Copperas Cove ISD website.
You can drop off school supplies Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.