School effort getting revamp

Every fall, many students from low-income families in Seymour start school with few to none of the school supplies they need, putting them at a disadvantage.

For the past four years, Jackson County United Way has collected thousands of dollars in donated school supplies through its Stuff the Bus campaign. Those supplies have been divided among area schools, which then distribute them to students in need.

“While Stuff the Bus brings lots of collected school supplies to each public school, we realize that this is not the most effective way to serve these families,” said Tonja Couch, executive director of United Way. “We know schools don’t need 300 boxes of crayons.”

So to better assist local families with back-to-school expenses next school year, United Way is getting behind a new initiative called Rockin’ Ready, led by Seymour-Redding Elementary School Principal Dylan Purlee.

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