Fill the Bus set for this weekend

The Newton Kansan

Newton Walmart and Harvey County United Way will team up for the annual Fill the Bus event to support area school districts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.

Volunteers will be at the Newton Walmart location, 1701 S. Kansas, collecting monetary donations from community members.

All funds will be directed to educators submitting requests through the Classroom Wish List program sponsored by Harvey County United Way. Every school district in Harvey County is invited to participate.

This project came from a growing awareness of the large out-of-pocket expense teachers have each year. Nationally, the average amount a teacher spends is nearly $500.

The project began in in 2015 and has grown from 51 requests to 186 last year. Donations at the Fill the Bus event and from the community have grown with the demand.

Because of COVID-19, volunteers will only be available to collect monetary donations, or donations may be made through through Aug. 6. Donations may also be mailed to Harvey County United Way, 103 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.