Written by Staff
DALLAS-FORT WORTH – More than 44,000 deserving students will receive free school supplies to start the year off right thanks to the efforts of KDFW FOX 4, Kroger, Coca-Cola and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment (106.1 Kiss-FM, NOW 102.9, Lone Star 92.5, 102.1 The Edge, 97.1 The Eagle, AM-1190). The organizations teamed up to execute the Stuff the School Bus collection drive.
During the 19-day program, shoppers had the opportunity to visit any area Kroger store to donate a pre-packaged school supply kit for $7 or to make a $1 donation at the checkstand. The collection drive surpassed its initial goal of equipping 30,000 local children with the necessary tools for a successful school year.
“We are thankful when our shoppers partner with us to support education programs,” says Gary Huddleston, consumer affairs director for Kroger. “We witnessed a 46 percent increase in donations this year across North Texas. As a result, thousands of children in our region will return to school prepared and ready to learn.”
Over the next week, warehouse drivers for Kroger will deliver the donations to the beneficiary districts - Arlington ISD, Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD and Irving ISD. Each district will receive $77,598 worth of school supplies.
School districts are pre-selected and change each year to ensure the Stuff the School Bus program reaches students in all North Texas communities.