Collection for school supplies is organized by Harford County Education Foundation and will
provide financially challenged Harford County students with needed classroom items.
Each year educators spend hundreds of dollars of their own money to provide school supplies for students who are unable to afford basic learning materials. For the past thirteen years, local businesses, educational institutions, and civic organizations have partnered with Harford County Education Foundation by collecting much needed supplies through its Stuff the Bus Campaign. Donated school supplies are picked up from businesses, then sorted, counted, packed and delivered to Harford County Public Schools for students in need before the first day of school.
“Helping a child start off on the right foot on day one builds their self-esteem and assists in their
learning process,” said Warren Hamilton, Education Foundation Board Chair.
School supplies are also used to stock the Education Foundation’s Tools for Schools Resource
Center. The Tools for Schools Resource Center is located in Bel Air, where teachers from
Harford County Public Schools shop, free of charge, for school supplies for their economically
“Who knows better than teachers what supplies their students require to succeed?” asked Deb
Merlock, President of Harford County Education Foundation. “We are the year-round resource
in providing school supplies to students in need. The number of students that live in poverty and
are even homeless in the district is staggering and it is vitally important to equip these students
with the resources they need to participate in learning.”
By donating to a centralized resource center, Harford County Education Foundation is able to
maximize the number of students served by allocating resources based on need. It is by this
method that the Resource Center can ensure each child is provided the right school supplies, and
that no child in need is turned away due to a shortage of resources.
Items needed for the Stuff the Bus campaign includes:
Pencils (regular and colored), Pens, Markers (washable and dry erase)
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″ and 3” binders, Binder Dividers
Zippered pencil pouches (including binder pencil pouches), Plastic pencil cases
USB drives, Graphing calculators
Plastic zip storage bags (quart and gallon size)
Tissues, Hand sanitizer
Collection sites for Stuff the Bus donations are located in the following Harford County
businesses through September 17.
A. Bright Idea
Advanced Eye Care
APG Federal Credit Union
Aruba Sun & Spa
BB&T Bank – Edgewood and Bel Air Branch
Bel Air Athletic Club
Bel Air Orthodontics
Bright Oaks Pediatric Center
Celebree Learning Center – Laurel Bush
Cummings & Co. Realtors
Drayer Physical Therapy
Edward Jones – Havre de Grace and Aberdeen Offices
Express Employment Professionals
First National Bank
Freedom Federal Credit Union
Gold Medal Physical Therapy
HarCo Credit Union
Harford County Chamber of Commerce
Harford County Department of Emergency Services
Harford County Government Administration Offices
Harford County Public Library
Harford County Public Schools – AA Roberty Bldg
Harford County Senior Activity Centers – Edgewood, Veronica “Roni Chenowith”,
Havre de Grace, and McFaul.
Harford Mutual Insurance Company
Kelly’s Hair Design
Kleins/ShopRite – Main Street
New Destiny Church
Paramount Die Company
PNC Bank – Bel Air South
Point Breeze Credit Union
Sunny Day Café
The Arena Club
Towson University – Northeastern
WAVE – Armstrong Ceilings
Weyrich, Cronin and Sorra, CPA
Y Ward Family Center
Harford County Education Foundation donated over $30,000 in school supplies to Harford County classrooms this past school year, and since its formation in 2004, has also awarded more than $140,000 in college scholarships to deserving students. In addition to scholarships and supplies, the Education Foundation offers other valuable resources for the county’s 37,000 students such as the LEAD for Tomorrow high school leadership program; Books in Hand Summer Learning Program; TECH Tools, Classroom Innovation Grants, and Educator Recognition.
For more information about Harford County Education Foundation, visit www.harfordeducation.org.
About Harford County Education Foundation
Founded in 2004, Harford County Education Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit education organization that provides programs and resources to compliment the learning and growth of the 37,000 youth in Harford County Public Schools. The Education Foundation works in partnership with the community to bring critical resources to help students succeed in their academic and personal goals through middle and high school leadership programs, college and career mentoring, scholarships, free school supplies for low income students, grants to support innovative classroom instruction and celebrating the education profession with the community.