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Chik-fil-A's Annual Stuff the Bus Challenge Returns to NKY July 31

Northern Kentucky Chick-fil-A restaurants are holding their annual Stuff The Bus Challenge on Tuesday, July 31, from 11am to 7pm, to provide vital school items to the region's schools. Those who donate three or more school supplies will receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich - each family can collect up to 10. 
 
Last year, almost 6,000 people donated more than 17,500 supplies.
 
In addition to collecting supplies; Boone County, Campbell County, Kenton County, as well as the independent school districts of Bellevue; Covington; Dayton; Newport; Silver Grove, Southgate and Walton-Verona will be competing to collect the most items. The district that collects the most supplies will receive an additional $1,000 donation from Chick-fil-A.
 
“The Chick-fil-A Stuff the Bus Challenge is a great event that benefits our Boone County children. Not only have we received thousands of school supplies through this, we have also experienced the true generosity and compassion of the Boone County Community,” said Kathy Reutman, the executive director of student and community services for Boone County Schools.
 
All Northern Kentucky Chick-fil-A locations are accepting donations for all school districts. Those wishing to donate are asked to simply designate your favorite school district when you drop off your donation at whichever Northern Kentucky Chick-fil-A is closest to you. Chick-fil-A has locations  in Fort Wright, Florence on Houston Road and Mall Road, and Newport.
 
Although all items are appreciated, the most need items are packs of pencils, packs of markers, packs of glue sticks, notebooks, and new packs of socks for kids.
 
“This event is where the majority of school supplies used by the Family Resource Centers come from for students use throughout the year. It has always been a tremendous help in meeting students’ needs,” said Mandy Munich, Family Resource Coordinator of Kenton County Schools. 
 
Chick-fil-A started the Stuff the Bus Challenge because many families can't afford back to school supplies for their children and the restaurant chain wanted to create a friendly competition to provide a fun, easy means for the community to donate needed supplies.
 
“Families can feel good about participating in the friendly competition, and even better about giving back to help our school kids get ready for the fall,” said Cathy Snider, local owner/operator of the Houston Road Chick-fil-A. 
 
-Staff report