Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

UNITED WAY OF PIONEER VALLEY TEAMS UP WITH PETER PAN FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL STUFF THE BUS PROGRAM

School Supply Drive to Benefit Children Who Are Homeless in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, West Springfield, and South Hadley

This Wednesday, August 23rd, the United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines will deliver over 2,000 backpacks filled with donated school supplies to six separate school districts. These backpacks are given to students who are homeless.

School supplies were collected all summer at various locations throughout the Pioneer Valley.  The school supplies were stuffing into backpacks purchased using a generous donation from Health New England. Students from the Westover Job Corps in Chicopee will be riding on the Peter Pan Bus and delivering all 2,000 backpacks. ‘

“We are incredibly energized by our work with the Stuff the Bus initiative.  Now its eighth year, we are proud to partner once again with Peter Pan Bus Lines, Western Mass News, Six Flags New England and Health New England,” explains United Way of Pioneer Valley CEO Jim Ayres.  “We have been touched by the community’s outpouring of donations and volunteer hours as we have collected, organized and distributed more than 20,000 back to school items.  Moreover, we know that, together, we have touched the lives of 2,000 students who are homeless in our local community and have sent them the message that we are here for them and invested in their future learning and success.”

SCHEDULE FOR DISTRIBUTING THE BACKPACKS, Wednesday August 23rd

8:30 AM-8:35 AM United Way of Pioneer Valley, 1441 Main Street, TD Bank Bldg Suite 147, Springfield MA Contact: Chris Woods 413-454-1578 (Cell)

8:40 AM-9:00 AM Springfield Public Schools   Community Engagement Center - 91 School Street, Springfield MA 01105

9:15 AM-9:30 AM Chicopee Public Schools Administration Building - 180 Broadway Chicopee, MA 01020

9:45 AM-10:00 AM Holyoke Public Schools Holyoke Public Schools Central Supply Warehouse - 724 Main Street Holyoke MA

10:10 AM-10:20 PM South Hadley Town Hall, 116 Main Street, South Hadley, MA

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM West Springfield Public Schools, West Springfield High School - 425 Piper Road, West Springfield MA  01089

11:15 PM-11:30 PM Westfield Public Schools, South Middle School-30 West Silver Street-Westfield MA 01085

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