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Rockwood Holds Successful 'Stuff the School Bus' Event to Benefit Rockwood Gives Back

A Geggie Elementary student stands in front of a Rockwood school bus holding a bag of items for "Stuff the School Bus."Rockwood hosted its first “Stuff the School Bus” event at the Walmart in Eureka on Saturday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 7, to benefit the Rockwood Gives Back (RGB) program. RGB provides aid to district students who have a demonstrated need – whether it be food, personal care items or tutoring.

Director of transportation and organizer of the event Mike Heyman and district volunteers collected nearly $3,000 worth of personal care items, school supplies, cleaning supplies and food items from families and community members. As a result, they were able to fill all 26 seats in a Rockwood School District bus that was parked in front of the store.

Rockwood parent Lindsey Olimpio and her son, who attends Geggie Elementary, spent part of their Sunday running errands and making sure that they participated in “Stuff the School Bus.”

“We wanted to help out so we got a bunch of crayons, colored pencils, folders, notebooks and household items,” Olimpio said. “It feels good knowing that you are making a difference in someone’s life.”

Heyman, who had been planning this event for several years, was on hand both days to accept donations and thank the community members for their consideration.

“To have numerous participation and support over the two days was fantastic,” Heyman said. “We appreciate the generosity of our families and community members and their willingness to help others who are less fortunate. I also want to extend a special thank you to all of our volunteers who helped 'stuff' the bus."

Rockwood Board of Education president and RGB committee member Jaime Bayes took notice of this special event.

An image of bags of household supplies and food items in a Rockwood school bus seat“Rockwood Gives Back is overwhelmed by the support from our community to continue providing items with love to members of our Rockwood family,” Bayes shared. “With the creativity and generosity of Mike Heyman and his team, we continue to move forward with community in mind and heart. Our volunteers will be excited to accept the items and stock them at The Giving Place and the Got Your Back Pack pantry so that our school social workers, counselors and many others may share them with our Rockwood families this school year.”

On Aug. 8, Heyman and his colleagues unloaded all of the items at the RGB site in Eureka.

If families and community members are interested in donating care items or school supplies, Walmart will have boxes set up for customers to drop off items.

“We look forward to holding this event again next year,” Heyman added.

Photo Gallery

Rockwood School District bus parked in front of the Walmart in Eureka. Mike Heyman accepts a bag of donated materials from a community member Volunteers Kerry Phillips and Amy Wehr drop off a bag of items in the Rockwood school bus. Director of Transportation Mike Heyman accepts a bag of supplies from a Geggie Elementary student. A student and his father poses for a picture next to a Rockwood school bus after dropping off food items. A close-up image of crayons, colored pencils and glue sticks in a bag Paul Northington and Transportation staff member Dustin drop off donated materials to Rockwood Gives Back. Mike Heyman and Mary LaPak drop off donated materials to Rockwood Gives Back Mike Heyman and his colleagues drop off donated materials to Rockwood Gives Back. Eureka Elementary teacher Elizabeth Kealen helps sort the donated materials inside a Rockwood school bus.