Yellow school buses brightened the facade at Walmart in Salem on Tuesday, Aug. 14, as Q99 hosted their 13th annual Pack the Bus event.
Salem City elementary school principals flanked the front of the building, encouraging shoppers to donate school supplies to students in need. Each school was awarded $250 to spend at Walmart for school supplies, according to Patsy Suratt, transportation supervisor for Salem City Schools.
“It’s a great help to our community,” Trula Byington, principal at West Salem Elementary School, said of Pack the Bus.
Along with the school principals (Joseph Coleman, Jr., G.W. Carver Elementary; Diane Rose, East Salem Elementary; Trula Byington, West Salem Elementary; Debbie Carroll, assistant principal at West Salem Elementary and Margaret Humphrey, South Salem Elementary), Q99 DJ Dick Daniels was on site helping to load school supplies onto the buses.
The Pack the Bus program has “collected more than $450,000 in school supplies over the years,” according to a release from Q99.
Pack the Bus moves to the Clearbrook Walmart today from 4-7 p.m. to benefit Roanoke County schools.