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School supply drive yields record support

Local residents turned out in droves to support the needs of students in schools through the United Way of Logan County’s annual Stuff the Bus promotion.

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Robby Weikart, 13, collects a pile of markers Monday afternoon as he and other members of the First Lutheran Church help United Way of Logan County employees sort an estimated between $8,000 and $9,000 worth of school supplies to be distributed to local schools. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

After two weeks of collecting school supplies at local businesses, the donation period ended with a Bellefontaine City School bus parked Saturday morning at the Logan County Farmers’ Market.

And all told, the campaign yielded an estimated record of $8,000 to $9,000 worth of school supplies to be distributed throughout the county’s schools, United Way Executive Director Jim Donnelly said Monday as he and volunteers from the First Lutheran Church sorted the materials.

Last year’s drive netted about $5,000 in supplies, he said.

“This is much needed because we are still getting phone calls about supplies,” Mr. Donnelly said. “The businesses’ bins all look fuller than last year and we had a great response at the farmers’ market Saturday.

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