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Groups to 'stuff the bus' for Otter Tail County students

Four Otter Tail County groups are working together again this year to help the less fortunate students in the area prepare for the upcoming new school year.

Kinship, the Otter Tail-Wadena Community Action Council, the United Way and the Salvation Army are helping sponsor their annual Stuff the Bus event that will be held on Tuesday, August 3 at Perham High School from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

For that day local residents are being asked to help students be ready for school this year by donating new school supplies at the Stuff the Bus event.

Organizers say the items needed include back packs, pencils, pens, rulers, notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, markers, pencil boxes/pouches, scissors, two pocket folders, scotch tape, protractors, book covers, Kleenex and erasers.

According to Jill Shipment of Kinship, and one of the event's organizers, the groups decided to start a local event so that those in need would not have to driver several miles outside of the area to be provided with the necessary items.

"All the items stay local, which is also a big part of why we are doing this," said Shipman.

If you can't make the event Shipman said donated supplies can also be dropped off at the United Way in Fergus Falls.

Shipman the effort is one way the community can help students start off the new school year on the right foot and with the needed school supplies.