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"Fill the Bus" campaign collects school supplies for economically challenged schools

Posted at 1:53 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 13:53:08-04

BEL AIR, Md. — The Harford County Education Foundation is hoping the community can help them fill a bus with school supplies to aid financially challenged schools in the county.

The group has undertaken the task of amassing school supplies for 13 years, spurred by the reality that so many teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money on basic classroom materials, and many students view basic school goods as a luxury.

The Harford County Education Foundation will collect the donations, then sort, count, pack, and deliver them to county schools on the first day of the academic year. Supplies will also stock the foundation’s Tools for Schools Resource Center in Bel Air, were teachers can shop for free to gather supplies for economically challenged students throughout the school year.

Specifically, the Education Foundation is hoping to collect the following items: pencils (regular and colored), pens, markers (washable and dry erase), crayons, highlighters, blunt edge scissors, protractors, compasses, erasers, glue sticks and white glue bottles, loose leaf paper, index cards, composition notebooks, two-pocket folders, 1-1/2-inch and 3-inch binders, binder dividers, zippered pencil pouches (including binder pencil pouches), plastic pencil cases, backpacks, USB drives, graphing calculators, plastic zip storage bags (quart and gallon size), tissues, and hand sanitizer.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations prior to Sept. 13:

  • A Bright Idea
  • APG Federal Credit Union
  • Artistry in Plastic Surgery
  • Aruba Sun & Spa
  • Beacon Staffing
  • BB&T Bank – Bel Air
  • Bel Air Athletic Club
  • Bel Air Orthodontics
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Celebree – Laurel Bush
  • Choiceone Urgent Care – Forest Hill, Fallston & Aberdeen
  • Coffee Coffee
  • Dept. of Emergency Services
  • Drayer Physical Therapy- Aberdeen, Bel Air, & Edgewood
  • Edward Jones
  • Express Care
  • First National Bank
  • Freedom Federal Credit Union
  • The Goddard School
  • Gold Medal Physical Therapy
  • Hamilton Service Center
  • Har-Co Credit Union
  • Harford Bank – Bel Air & Abingdon
  • Harford Couny Chamber of Commerce
  • Harford County Public Library – all branches
  • Harford County Public Schools – Hickory St.
  • Harford Gymnastics
  • Harford Memorial Hospital – Cafeteria
  • Harford Mutual Insurance Company
  • Howard Bank
  • I Love Kickboxing
  • Jones Hunction
  • Julie Ellyn Designs – Main Street
  • Keller Williams American Premier Realty
  • Kelly’s Hair Design
  • Kinetic Youth Academy
  • Klein’s Shoprite – Bel Air
  • Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc.
  • Geo-technology Associates, Inc.
  • Musicland
  • New Destiny Evangelistic Church
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Parmount Die Company
  • Planet Fitness – Abingdon & Bel Air
  • PNC Bank – Bel Air
  • Point Breeze Credit Union
  • Raytheon
  • Smiths Detection
  • Staples – Bel Air (Aug. 17-18)
  • The Arena Club
  • The Yards at Fieldside Village
  • Tic Gums
  • Towson University – Northeastern
  • University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health – cafeteria
  • Wallmart Fallston
  • Wave Armstrong Ceilings
  • Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church
  • Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, CPA
  • Y-ward Family Center – Abingdon
  • Harford County Government Offices
  • Harford County Administration Building Harford County Council
  • Harford County Dept. of Community Services Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development
  • Harford County Senior Activity Centers:
  • Edgewood Activity Center
  • Veronica “Roni” Chenowith Activity Center
  • Havre de Grace Activity Center
  • McFaul Activity Center
  • Eden Mill Nature Center
  • Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
  • Edgewood Recreation & Community Center
  • Mariner Point Park
  • Forest Hill/Hickory Activity Center
  • Churchville Recreation Center
  • Glenville Building Churchville Recreation Center – Level Bldg
  • Harford County Parks and Recreation Office
  • Norrisville Library & Activity Center School

Supply donations can also be made directly to Harford County Education Foundation by emailing Monetary donations are accepted at