Aug 3, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

United Way, Corporate and Community Volunteers Deliver Backpacks to MNPS Students

Bridgestone teammates deliver backpacks on first day of school
Gord Knapp, Chief Operating Officer, Bridgestone Americas

Bridgestone Americas believes a high quality education lays a foundation for children in the community to build successful futures.

Gord Knapp, Chief Operating Officer, Bridgestone Americas, and United Way Board Trustee

More than 9,500 MNPS students receive backpacks and school supplies through Stuff the Bus Days of Action thanks to Bridgestone Americas and Tennessee Titans

Wednesday morning, more than 9,500 Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) students received backpacks filled with school supplies to help them begin the year with confidence and dignity through Stuff the Bus Days of Action.

The backpack delivery event equipped 8,500 students at nine different MNPS elementary schools — Buena Vista, Fall-Hamilton, Glenview, Haywood, Kirkpatrick, Napier, Tom Joy, Tusculum and Whitsitt — with backpacks containing school supplies. More than 1,000 MNPS high school students also received backpacks filled with school supplies through Stuff the Bus Days of Action. They allow students to begin the 2016 school year in environments where learning begins immediately. Bridgestone Americas served as presenting sponsor of Stuff the Bus Days of Action for the third consecutive year. They were joined this year by the Tennessee Titans as sponsors.

“Bridgestone Americas believes a high quality education lays a foundation for children in the community to build successful futures,” said Bridgestone Americas COO and United Way Board Trustee, Gord Knapp. “Stuff the Bus Days of Action are important because they help young children begin a new school year with pride and confidence, which studies show can increase long-term financial stability and lead to healthier lifestyles.”

“The Tennessee Titans are thrilled to co-sponsor United Way’s Stuff the Bus Days of Action,” said Titans Senior Vice President & CFO Jenneen Kaufman. “The school supplies Stuff the Bus provides to more than 9,500 Nashville students help them start the school year on the right path and shows them that their community cares about their academic success.”

Throughout July, Stuff the Bus Days of Action brought together 960 volunteers from 85 different United Way corporate partners through a series of five unique volunteer opportunities (Field Day, Corporate Challenge, Supply Collection Drives, Sort-A-Thon and Backpack Delivery). All are designed to address the educational needs of vulnerable Nashville children.  

“When students have the support they need to begin a new school year, it allows them to focus on learning,” said United Way of Metropolitan Nashville President & CEO Eric Dewey. “Powerful partnerships during Stuff the Bus Days of Action improve community conditions at scale by providing essential education tools to some of our future employees and leaders.”

An estimated 75 percent of MNPS students are economically disadvantaged; many of their parents can’t afford to buy school supplies for them. Over the past eight years, Stuff the Bus Days of Action has provided more than 28,600 backpacks containing school supplies to MNPS students. More than 390 teachers at benefiting schools have also received supplies.

For additional information about Stuff the Bus Days of Action, please visit: unitedwaynashville.org/stuffthebus.