MASON — An empty school bus was placed in front of Wahama High School this week, but students are hoping it won’t be empty for long.
The school’s National Honor Society (NHS) members are challenging local residents to “fill the bus” with supplies to help victims of hurricanes in both Texas and Florida.
According to NHS President Lauren Fields, the group wants to provide a way for the community to “give back” to their fellow Americans. With Texas residents being hit recently by Hurricane Harvey, and Florida residents by Hurricane Irma, it will take everyone pulling together to meet the needs of the people.
Among the items being accepted for the bus are water, toiletries, cleaning supplies, pet food and supplies, baby items and diapers, and food that can be microwaved or easily eaten.
Canned foods are not a good choice for sending, said Kaleigh Stewart, the group’s vice president, because most of those affected by the hurricanes are living in shelters or motels, and microwaves are their only cooking appliance. Also not being accepted at this time is clothing.
Madison VanMeter, NHS secretary, said the bus will be open daily for anyone to place their donations in. It will remain at the school at least through Friday evening, but will be locked during the night.
Students bringing in items will be given one hour of community service for every three items donated, up to three hours maximum, the officers said. They are currently talking with two freight agencies to transport the bus contents to their destinations.
For more information, contact the school at 304-773-5539.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.