On August 2nd volunteers from the United Way of Frederick County stopped at Frederick
Memorial Hospital, FMH Crestwood, and FMH Rose Hill to pick up boxes stuffed
with donated school supplies for the upcoming school year.
Stuff the Bus is an annual event run by the United Way of Frederick County
and Frederick County Public Schools to help ensure students have all the
materials they need for the upcoming school year. Multiple area businesses,
including FRHS, participated this year to fill 5 school buses with donated
The average parent with a student in school from grades K-12 will spend
AT LEAST $100 on school supplies, per student, for the upcoming school year. Considering
the federal poverty level for a family of five sits at $28,410 per year,
the cost of school supplies would account for about 10% of that income.
That cost jumps to 12% for a single parent of three children earning at
the poverty level of $24,250. According to The Southern Education Foundation's
research bulletin "A New Majority", more than half (51%) of public school students come from low-income families.
Over 37 FMH departments and offsite locations participated in this year’s
Stuff the Bus; providing over 30 overstuffed boxes of school supplies
for this very important community initiative.
Good luck to all of the Frederick County students who will be starting
school soon, and thank you to everyone who participated in Stuff the Bus!
Click here to see additional photos from the event.