United Way and Huntington Preparing Area Children to Go Back to School

YOUNGSTOWN – A new school year means a list of school supplies most students need to succeed in the classroom. But for low- to moderate-income families, the rising cost of getting those items together is becoming even more difficult.

Once again, Huntington Bank and the local United Ways are partnering to give backpacks and supplies to help children in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Mercer Counties.

Residents and businesses can take part the annual “Stuff the Bus” initiative at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday at Huntington Bank, 724 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman. Distribution will take place after Aug. 24 at partner schools and agencies identified by the United Ways.

“At Huntington, our core purpose is to look out for people, and we continue to seek ways to fulfill that mission,” said Samuel Huston, community president of Huntington in Youngstown. “This is the 12th year we’ve participated in the Stuff the Bus program with The United Way.

This powerful partnership has helped many vulnerable children in the region get ready for school, allowing them to learn and grow up to be who they’re meant to be. Helping a child can have a huge impact, and Huntington is honored to be a part of it.”

Great Clips and WFMJ are also part of the Stuff the Bus Partnership with Great Clips raising money at their locations to help the United Way purchase school supplies for book bags donated by Huntington Bank.

“Preparing to head back to the classroom is such a huge undertaking for our families and with prices on the rise over this past year, it can be a huge burden financially. We are excited to partner with Huntington Bank once again,” said Bob Hannon, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley President.

“Huntington Bank is such an important partner in our arly education work. Our children cannot learn if they don’t have the right supplies and we are able to provide them with those essential tools to succeed because of Huntington’s commitment to Stuff the Bus.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.