"Fill the Bus" school bus

Help the Georgetown Area Junior Forum fill the bus

School bells will soon beckon students back into classrooms, and many families are already shopping for backpacks and school supplies. Sadly, however, some Georgetown families can’t afford to purchase even the most basic supplies for the first day of school.

Last year, Georgetown Independent School District enrollment reached 10,651, with 44.16% of students classified as economically disadvantaged, a term used for students who qualify for free and/or reduced lunch. The reality is that 4,703 students are in need of assistance in obtaining school supplies.

That’s where the Georgetown Area Junior Forum’s Fill the Bus campaign comes in.

Last year, the group collected more than 12,000 school supply items valued at $18,000, plus $4,000 in cash, from community members. The campaign usually takes place at Walmart during tax-free weekend in August. GAJF members simply hand customers a list of the most needed school supplies as they enter the store and ask that they consider a purchase. Collected school supplies are sorted at a GISD location, then distributed to each of the eighteen campuses during the first few days of school. One hundred percent of the $100,000 of school supplies and cash collected by the GAJF over the past four years of Fill the Bus has gone directly to the students who need it the most.

The 8th Annual Fill the Bus campaign will be held August 7th through 9th from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. at Walmart, as well as at a second donation site at Wolf Ranch.

“The Fill the Bus campaign is a great example of how our Georgetown community comes together to support the needs of every student in GISD. Our district’s mission is to inspire and empower every learner to lead, grow, and serve, and the Georgetown Area Junior Forum exemplifies the very characteristics we strive to instill in all of our students. I value the partnership with the Junior Forum and appreciate their desire and their efforts to positively impact our students.”

—Dr. Fred Brent, Georgetown ISD Superintendent

About the Georgetown Area Junior Forum

“The Georgetown Area Junior Forum (GAJF) is a nonprofit organization of women who share the common goal of improving the lives of others in the community through service and philanthropy while developing friendships.” Go to www.gajf.org to learn more about the Georgetown Area Junior Forum.

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