It is almost time for local students to go back to the books. Over the tax free weekend, many shoppers stocked up on back to school gear at a discounted price, but in Butler County, many people put a twist on that idea.
Most people are not just buying for themselves.
The Butler County Retired Educators Association finished its 3rd annual Fill the Bus campaign by gathering pencils, paper, and any other school supplies to help stock classrooms throughout the county for the year.
The cost of supplies is on the rise, but teachers do not get much state aid to buy them, leaving many of them digging in their own pockets to buy needed supplies, "They need to do more hopefully this coming session because the economy's improving and hopefully the revenue will be coming in, and they can increase that amount and we'll still continue to do what we can do, but you know, as I said, hopefully legislation will incorporate more money," says Butler County Retired Educator's Association President, Wayne Boswell.
Boswell says so far, they have more than doubled monetary donations from last year.
He says holding the campaign on tax free weekend gives the community a chance to stretch their dollars for the greater good, "Last year we received a little bit less than $400 in terms of actual cash and check donations, things of that nature, and as I said, we've received over $1,000 this year which is absolutely wonderful."
That money raised goes directly to buying more school supplies for the bus.
All of the supplies will be sorted this week and distributed to teachers in each Butler County school.