To wrap up the United Way of the U.S. Virgin Islands “Stuff the Bus” project, the “Bus Stop” school supply delivery program was rolled out to all public elementary schools territorywide.

School supply deliveries began with a caravan of volunteers and United Way team members making bus stops from school to school in both the St. Croix district and the St. Thomas-St. John district.

Elementary and K-8 model schools were furnished with yellow boxes resembling school buses filled with pre-packaged school supply kits for students in need. The kits consisted of a mixed variety of donated composition books, folders, pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, sharpeners and more. The mission of the Stuff the Bus Program is to help alleviate the stress and financial burden on parents and guardians by providing students with the support of the learning tools needed for their academic success.

“Studies show that children who are not prepared in school may not be successful in the classroom and early childhood success in school ultimately leads to higher graduation rates. At the United Way, we are committed to supporting our local students by providing support to fill in the gaps where deficiencies can occur due to economic hardships among families. We are also committed to assisting teachers because we know that classroom supplies can be limited,” said Vinod P. Dadlani, president/CEO. “It takes a village, so we ask our village, community partners and volunteers to continue to support this program so that it can be expanded year over year and become more robust.”

School supply requests can be made by individuals and school administrators by emailing assistance@unitedwayusvi.org or by completing a Stuff the Bus Application request form at the local United Way USVI, St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix offices. Inquiries can be made by calling 340-774-3185.