School supplies can mean a wide range of things. Anything from loose-leaf paper, pencils, markers, and more. This year Sonabank, formerly known as EVB, held its annual Pack the Bus event Saturday, August 4. The bank partners each year with Wal-Mart and Dollar General stores to help support local schools and children. This year’s locations were Wal-Mart in Tappahannock, Wal-Mart in Kilmarnock, and Dollar General in Callao. For the past eight years the bank has had the opportunity to help the community and school systems by making sure each student has the capability to use the same tools as every other student. In past years, this event has been very successful. Chief Marketing Officer Michelle Simon said, “This program has became our signature program. The employees love coming out each year and helping get supplies for local students.” Pack the Bus is held on Tax Free Weekend each year. The bank hopes to draw more people in the community out to help ‘Pack the Bus.’ Members and bus drivers from the schools usually join volunteers from bank branches. When arriving at the stores participating you have the opportunity to purchase items from school lists, or any school supply purchased from inside the store is welcomed; Simon said, “ We ask participants to use the list provided to them to ensure every child has the tools they need to succeed.” The donors at the event were happy to be able to help out their local schools. This year volunteers from Richmond County and Essex County public schools assisted by handing out flyers and gathering school supplies for both counties. Parked in front of the Wal-Mart in Tappahannock were buses from each county, Richmond County Public School members gathered on the right and Essex County Public Schools members gathered on the left. While some donated school supplies others gave monetary donations.
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