From facing evictions to lost jobs, Owensboro parents hit hard by the pandemic are in a tough spot, as school supply lists come out. "They're worried about their normal every day bills and then on top of that, nobody wants their children to do without,” said parent Melissa Decker.
Owensboro and Daviess County Schools are helping to fill that need with the Fourth Annual Stuff the Bus Campaign on Friday, Aug. 7th, which saw even parents donating to help their fellow parents.
"We want to make sure that my daughter's peers have the same opportunity,” said parent Jennifer Chappell. “So, when they have projects, they have the crayons, they have the paper, they have the glue, they have whatever they need so that's not the struggle that they have to deal with."
While some parents are concerned they will need to be purchasing cleaning supplies for their children as well, but that is something Owensboro Public Schools is helping to alleviate the stress of, spending $500K, which they received from the Cares Act, to do just that.
"And that includes hand sanitizer, masks, wipes for the classrooms,” said Jared Revlett, public information officer for Owensboro Public Schools. “So, those will be divided up among the classrooms. So, if there is one thing that you have to try and cut off your list, you can make it some of those items.'
Owensboro families needing help with school supplies this year should contact their schools youth service coordinator.