For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Calder
August 29, 2005
704-377-1740 x. 10
Stuff the Bus at Bank of America Stadium
Football fans kicked-off the new playing season and helped prepare area children for the new school year by participating in the Panthers’ annual Stuff the Bus event, on Thurs., Sept. 1, during the Panthers’ exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fans participated by donating pencils, crayons, notebook paper and other school supplies to help equip students for the new school year. All school supplies donated during Stuff the Bus will be distributed to teachers in Mecklenburg, Gaston and Cabarrus counties by Classroom Central, a nonprofit retail store that allows teachers to “shop” – free of charge – for supplies for students in need. Since opening its doors in 2002, Classroom Central has provided $3.4 million worth of free school supplies to teachers, with more than $1.5 million worth of supplies being put into the hands of needy students during the 2004-2005 school year alone.
The Carolina Panthers were one of the first – and continue to be one of the strongest – sponsors of Classroom Central. They have donated more than $175,000 to the nonprofit, and supported the organization through volunteer involvement and by assisting with special projects such as Stuff the Bus. Team sponsor, Harris Teeter, is also a key Classroom Central supporter. Shoppers raise funds for Classroom Central through Harris Teeter’s Together In Education program, which donates one percent of all private label purchases to schools. Classroom Central’s VIC card code is 4938. If you already have your VIC card linked to a school, you can add Classroom Central as well. (Up to five organizations are allowed on each VIC card.)
Collection receptacles were placed in every Harris Teeter store the week leading up to the game. In addition to stuffing the Harris Teeter bus that was parked in front of the North Gate on game day, barrels were also placed in front of each stadium entrance on September 1, from through the end of the first quarter. Fans were encouraged to bring school supplies that are in highest demand by kids – backpacks, glue sticks, pencils, erasers, rulers, crayons, markers, notebook paper and art supplies.
Volunteers from Classroom Central were on hand to greet fans and to thank them for helping to ensure that every child has the supplies he or she needs to succeed in school.
For more information about Stuff the Bus or Classroom Central, visit www.classroomcentral.org .