Lowell, ARK. – United Way of Northwest Arkansas and Snickers Marathon Energy Bar are partnering for the second year in a row to host the 2010 Stuff the Bus school supply drive at Walmart supercenter locations throughout Northwest Arkansas.

This program seeks to ensure that all children have access to the school supplies that are on their back-to-school lists. It costs about $35-$50 for basic, expendable school supplies (those that need to be re-purchased every year), per child, which can put great stress on a low-income family’s tight budget.  To assist kids in getting ready for school and to ease that financial burden for parents, we bring the community together to help kids start school right. School buses are parked in front of local Wal-Mart stores and individuals who can are asked to buy an extra pack of pencils, paper, glue, crayons, etc. Last year, we were able to raise over 75,000 school supplies that were distributed through Northwest Arkansas school districts to students who needed them. This year, we know we can meet or exceed that number!

WHO: United Way of Northwest Arkansas
WHAT: Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive
WHEN: Friday, July 23, 2010, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 24, 2010, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: All Wal-Mart supercenter locations in NWA:

Benton County Washington County Madison County McDonald County
Rogers – Pleasant Crossing Blvd           Springdale – S. Pleasant St.              Huntsville                                            Pineville, MO
Rogers – W. Walnut St.                        Fayetteville – Mall Ave.
Bentonville – S. Walton Blvd.                Fayetteville – 6th Street
Siloam Springs

NOTE: Please call if you plan on covering this event. This will allow us to ensure there will be someone available for questions or interviews. Contact information is below.

United Way of Northwest Arkansas – 479.750.1221
Meredith Ghrist Bergstrom, Manager, Marketing & Communications – direct: 479.845.6022, cell: 479.599.9605
Holly Sparks Hill, Vice President, Community Impact – direct line: 479.845.6017
Teresa Smith, Manager, 211 – direct line: 479.845.6016