KEYSER - The County United Way Stuff the Bus campaign had one of its most successful years this year, according to Kelli Wilson, assistant director of curriculum and instruction for the Mineral County School system.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The County United Way Stuff the Bus campaign had one of its most successful years this year, according to Kelli Wilson, assistant director of curriculum and instruction for the Mineral County School system.
Wilson told the board of education this week that the school bus parked on site in the Keyser Wal-mart parking lot was literally stuffed with donations of supplies to be distributed among all the schools in the county.
“When I say that bus was stuffed, it was STUFFED,” she said. “We received probably double the amount we’ve received in previous years.”
Linda Tappe of the County United Way of Mineral County served as chairperson again this year, but told the board she is stepping down and Mary Kaye Staggers will be chairing the event next year.
The volunteers who assisted with the program stationed themselves outside the doors at Wal-mart and handed out lists of suggested supplies to shoppers as they entered the store.  It was then up to them whether they wished to pick up some items to drop off at the donation table on their way out.
Among the items donated were:
623 notebooks
247 composition books
107 packages of loose-leaf notebook paper
480 folders
120 packages of markers
17 packs of hilighters
403 packs of Crayons of various sizes
75 glue sticks
30 bottles of glue
243 packs of colored pencils
5,755 pencils
1,077 pens
333 mechanical pencils
102 packs of index cards
61 three-ring binders
59 pencil cases
34 pencil pouches
47 pencil sharpeners
103 packs of tissues
12 book covers
3 five-tab divider
80 erasers
159 rulers
94 book bags
10 calculators
2 dry-erase markers
In addition, approximately $900 in cash was donated to the cause. Of that, a $500 gift card for Staples was awarded to the school that has the largest percentage of payroll deductions contributing to CUW.
The gift card this year went to Fountain Primary School.