You Really Stuffed the Bus this Year!
Thank you for helping us again set our local students up for a great academic year with your generous donations. Thanks to your generosity, UWFK raised over $17,000 for Monroe County school children, and the Publix Tools for Schools campaign raised over $32,000 at their grocery checkout lines. That means nearly $50,000 to purchase supplies that students need!
The Stuff the Bus campaign encompasses two of UWFK’s biggest focuses—serving working families and increasing educational access for young children. We are proud of the way our friends and neighbors in the Keys come together year after year to help local students. Through this, we ensure that every child has the tools they need to succeed in school, creating healthier, happier families and stronger communities.
This year Stuff the Bus accepted only cash donations, due to the overwhelming donations of school supplies received after Hurricane Irma. This allowed each school to create an Amazon wish list of items their students really need for a successful year, and UWFK used donated funds to purchase and ship the items directly to the schools.
In addition, Publix donated gift cards to use for school supplies, rather than the supplies themselves. Each school will receive a quantity of gift cards based on their school population, enabling them to purchase what their students really need. Feedback from the schools has been overwhelmingly positive, with principals and teachers indicating that they appreciate these changes.
Thank you for helping Keys children succeed! Please take a look at our STB photo gallery.