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Donation drive to support local schoolchildren

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Hardin County Schools
Don’t Miss The Bus, a school-supply donation drive to benefit local schoolchildren in need, will celebrate its third anniversary this year. The drive, which kicks off Monday, is sponsored by wireless service provider Bluegrass Cellular, a staple in south-central Kentucky since 1991. The promotion will be in association with local radio stations WQXE-FM and WULF-FM.
As part of Don’t Miss the Bus, a Hardin County School bus will be parked outside two Bluegrass Cellular locations and the Towne Mall in Elizabethtown. On July 22-23, a bus will sit outside the Bluegrass Cellular Elizabethtown Customer Care Center, located at 1608 Ring Road. On July 24, the bus will move to the Bluegrass Cellular Radcliff location at 2029 Walmart Way. The bus will move to its final location, the Towne Mall, July 25.
The goal is to fill the bus with school supplies for local students. Don’t Miss the Bus will start accepting donations Monday through July 26 at the following locations with collection bins:
n Bluegrass Cellular, 1608 Ring Road, Elizabethtown.
n Bluegrass Cellular, 2902 Ring Road, Elizabethtown.
n Bluegrass Cellular, 2029 Walmart Way, Radcliff.
Glendale Christian Church, 119 Main St., Glendale.
n Christ Episcopal Church, 206 W. Poplar St., Elizabethtown.
n The Reserves Network, 2410 Ring Road, Suite 200, Elizabethtown.
n South Central Bank, 2908 Ring Road, Elizabethtown.
n E-town Swim & Fitness, 3026 Ring Road, Elizabethtown.
n Ipay Technologies, 801 N. Blackbranch Rd., Elizabethtown.
n Towne Mall, 1704 N. Dixie Highway, Elizabethtown.
n Chick-Fil-A, 1840 N. Dixie Highway, Elizabethtown.
n Elizabethtown City Hall, 200 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown.
n Radcliff City Hall, 411 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd., Radcliff.
n Vine Grove City Hall, 300 W. Main St., Vine Grove.
The donated supplies will be divided proportionately between Family and Youth Resource Service Centers at Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools. Supplies will also be shared with Fort Knox Child, Youth and School Services. School supplies will be distributed to students and families in need at the schools’ discretion.
“Our district is blessed every day by members of our community,” Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston said. “This promotion and the partnership it creates among our local businesses give all of our students an opportunity to start the school year off on solid footing. We are very appreciative of Bluegrass Cellular and all of the participating businesses and organizations. Most of all, we thank the people that donate to Don’t Miss the Bus. We are extremely grateful.”
“A quality education is paramount, there’s no question about that,” said Barry Nothstine, vice president of sales and marketing for Bluegrass Cellular. “We understand that, which is why we’re so passionate about supporting initiatives like ‘Don’t Miss this Bus.’ These kids are the future of our community. Anything we can do to help them succeed is an investment we’re more than happy to make.”
While school supply donations of any kind will be accepted, suggested items include:
* Backpacks
* Zip / thumb drives
* Colored pencils
* Multiple colors of pocket folders
* 3-ring binders
* Glue sticks
* No. 2 pencils
* Wide-ruled paper
* Single-subject notebooks
* Rulers
* Safety scissors
* Crayons
* Ink pens
* Tissues
* Ear buds (similar to head phones—for work at computer).