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Local Schools to Benefit from United Way’s Stuff the Bus

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MURFREESBORO - The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is set to collect items for literacy kits for kids pre-k through third grade beginning June 20, 2014, through July 23, 2014. The items will be sorted and literacy kits will be assembled on July 25, 2014, at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Last year’s Stuff the Bus resulted in 17,264 items collected and 1,027 literacy kits assembled by 97 volunteers. The kits were delivered to programs in Rutherford and Cannon Counties. This year, United Way will be working with Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro City Schools to distribute the literacy kits.

James Evans, Community Relations Coordinator for Rutherford County Schools, said, “The quality of public education here in Rutherford County is often cited by new families and businesses moving to the area, and so we all benefit from partnerships with agencies to promote education and literacy in our county. These literacy kits are intended to help reach students at a young age, help foster a love of reading and ensure they are prepared when they enter school in August."

For a list of needed items and more information, go to, keyword stuff.

Items needed for the kits include:

Scissors (Fiskar)
Paper- wide ruled notebook paper, craft paper or handwriting paper
Composition notebooks with wide ruled notebook paper
Crayons (24 count Crayola)
Pencils (No. 2)
Markers (Crayola) broad tip classic colors
Colored pencils
Glue sticks (Elmer's)
Expo markers (dry erase)
Large pink erasers
Pencil sharpener (with cover for shavings)
New or gently-used books (appropriate for children 3rd grade or younger)

To sign up to participate in the 2014 Stuff the Bus and for a full list of details, visit or contact the United Way at (615) 893-7303.

Sponsors for this event include Nissan North America, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Publix Super Markets Charities, Emergency Physicians of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, City Auto and Regions Bank.

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