B/S/H/ Home Appliances is passionate about starting our students back to school with the school supplies needed to start them on the road to success.

PIE president Mike McCoy and B/S/H/ Home Appliances Vice President Andy MacLaren announced that B/S/H/ Home Appliances has agreed to be the Title Sponsor for Stuff the Bus.

MacLaren said, “BSH recognizes that not all students will have the supplies they need on the first day of school; some parents simply can’t afford to purchase the items needed.”

McCoy said, “To assist those students, PIE will have a bright yellow school bus and colorful totes set up in front of Staples in New Bern. Staples is our new partner for Stuff the Bus. Generous shoppers can donate school supplies for students who have been identified as in-need by their school counselors and principals. The supplies collected will be disbursed once school starts by the school principals.”

However, if you are not comfortable purchasing supplies and dropping them off, we are making it easy to support our students:

• Donate thru Go-Fund-Me.
• Donate thru the PIE website.
• Purchase items thru the PIE Stuff the Bus Target Registry – (to ensure that items arrive before the event, please order by August 7th). Items will be delivered to the event for you!

Links to these websites, along with a school supply list, can be found at https://cravenpartners.com/.

Or you can drop off your supplies at an Advanced Drop Off Location thru August 14:

• Craven County Schools at 3600 Trent Rd.
• Christ Church at 320 Pollock St.
• Edward Jones – Dan Roberts at 301 South Front St., Bldg. 1, Ste A
• Rankin & Fiume Orthodontics at 608 McCarthy Blvd.
• Staples at 3230 Dr. M.L. King, Jr., Blvd.
• Target at 3410 Dr. M.L. King, Jr., Blvd.
• Toyota of New Bern at 5010 US Hwy 70 East

McCoy said, “On average, parents spend $200 in school supplies, and teachers spend $1,000 of their own money on supplies for their classroom. We all know that teachers and school administrators can get the most out of any money donated! Please give what you are able to join us in making a difference.”

Also, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office is joining on Saturday, Aug. 15, for their third annual “Stuff the Cruiser”. A cruiser will be parked in front of all Staples, next to a Craven County School bus, to accept donations. Please bring school supplies to stuff into cruisers parked at Staples and say hello to Craven County Sheriff’s deputies while helping our students start the school year on the road to success.

Last year, through the generosity of our community, Partners In Education received $38,000 in donations and was able to assist students in all 25 schools. Based on this success, Partners In Education is recruiting the help of all our community partners so that we are able to reach even more students this year.

McCoy announced that 43 organizations have partnered with PIE as Major Sponsors, demonstrating a strong sense of community and support of our public schools.

They are: AlphaGraphics, Avolis Engineering, BB&T, Bojangles’, B/S/H/ Home Appliances, CarolinaEast Health System, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, Civitan Club of New Bern, Coastal Carolina Health Care, Craven County Wood Energy, Edward Jones Investments Financial Advisors Dan Roberts, Michael Sprague, Michael Bass, Mitch Meminger, Joanna Carr, Charles Benson, Kevin Page, First Citizens Bank, Fisher Fuel Market, International Paper, Mitchell Hardware, Moen, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, Neuse River Region Association of REALTORS, Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas, Pierce Group Benefits, Rankin & Fiume Orthodontics, Rotary Club of New Bern, Suddenlink by Altice, Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law, Sun Journal, Toyota of New Bern, Trent Cadillac Buick GMC, Urethane Innovators, Wells Fargo, Weyerhaeuser Co., Williams Scarborough Gray, WITN-TV, and WRNS 95.1 & WERO Bob 93.3.

If you know a student in need of school supplies, contact the principal at your student’s school. All items collected are distributed through the school counselors and principals.

For more information about this event, or how you can support PIE, contact Darlene Brown at 514-6321, or at Darlene.Brown@CravenK12.org. Visit the PIE website at https://cravenpartners.com/ to learn more about the programs offered by Partners In Education.

Partners In Education is a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system.

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