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Posted 9/3/13

Fill the Bus campaign raises $3,000 in school supplies, cash

When Middletown Area School District officials decided to hold their first Fill the Bus campaign this year to raise school supplies for students in need, they didn’t know how …

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The campaign received at least $3,000 in money and supplies, enough to fully outfit 100 students with every school item the district had requested, plus hundreds of additional crayons, notebooks and pocket folders, officials said.

“The outpouring of support has been phenomenal,” said Earl Bright IV, the principal at Reid. “We have a large, large quantity of supplies that will benefit the students of Middletown directly.” fillbusstuff9 4 13

William Meiser, the district’s director of operations and the campaign’s primary organizer, thanked all donors, but was particularly pleased with the donations from the local business community. Not a single business turned them down for a donation, he said.

“I really think they responded,” he said. “It was definitely something to bring everybody together.”

The Fill the Bus campaign took place over a two-week period during which a school bus was parked at different locations in the district.

The campaign was completely staffed and run by volunteers, Bright said.

Meiser hopes to make the event even bigger next year. In particular, he wants to work with Middletown Area High School’s student council to get students involved in providing donations.

“Even if they drop off a $2 box of crayons, that helps so much,’’ he said. “The kids are what make things happen here.”