More than $90K in materials donated to communities in school supply drive

Posted at 3:34 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 22:49:56-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada, an affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, announces it received more than $90,000 in materials and cash donations to kick off its 8th annual “Fill the Bus” school supply drive in support of Clark County School District students during the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Donated items include distance learning school supplies, hygiene products, COVID-19 safety items such as face masks and hand sanitizer, among other school essentials.

“Fill the Bus” is a statewide annual campaign, aimed at collecting school supplies for the more than 70,000 high poverty students it serves across urban and rural districts, including Clark, Washoe and Elko counties.

Items donated here in Las Vegas stay in Southern Nevada to serve students throughout the valley.

CIS of Southern Nevada encourages the community to continue making donations virtually through Sept. 30 as there is still a staggering need for technology and school supplies for CCSD students. Items most in need include face masks, hygiene items and mindfulness journals.

According to the Huntington Backpack Index, parents of middle school students can expect to pay on average $1,227 for school supplies, extracurricular fees and technology per child for the school year.

During the months of July through September, community members are invited to contribute to CIS of Southern Nevada’s virtual “Fill the Bus” virtual fundraiser, which includes wish lists on Walmart and Amazon websites.

Between the two online retailers, students served by CIS of Southern Nevada so far will receive more than 20,000 items along with the generous cash contributions.