'Stuff the Bus' event to help homeless kids in Davis

Thursday , September 04, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Standard-Examiner correspondent

KAYSVILLE — There are 1,100 homeless kids attending school in Davis County, and that’s just the number the school district can account for, according to Davis Education Foundation partnerships specialist Sherry Miggin.

“There are needs right here in Davis County and sometimes people don’t realize those needs are right in our own backyard, so that is one of the things we are trying to bring awareness to,” Miggin said.

Consequently, when the Davis Education Foundation heard last week during the first week of school that many of their Head Start programs and high-need schools were low on supplies, the foundation partnered with Young Kia. The company will host a Stuff the Bus event this Saturday at the dealership at 220 N. 650 W. in Kaysville, complete with free bounce houses, face painters, contests and prizes, while asking community members to bring school supply donations, specifically pencils, notebooks, small scissors, glue sticks, colored pencils, crayons, wet wipes and tissues.

“We have families who can’t provide this, so this is the perfect outreach for our community to help with our schools,” Miggin said. “This is a way we can help those young people and especially help our schools with needs where parents don’t have the means to bring in extras.”

All donated supplies will be given to Head Start programs and higher-need schools in the district. Additionally, Young Kia will donate $2 to the foundation for every item donated.

This isn’t a new concept for Young Kia, whose company goals are to give back to the community anyway, according to Young Automotive Group Sales Director Oliver Young. “In the Young Automotive group, it is just part of our corporate culture to look for youth-oriented organizations to donate money and just support our community.”

Each Young dealership is asked to look for those needs in the community and host an event to help raise money for local youth, so the Stuff the Bus program fits in nicely with their goals when they heard about the need for school supplies. When asked why their focus is on the youth, Young responded saying, “Because it’s our future. We want to help the youth make sure to have a brighter future moving forward.”

The locally owned family business has been around since 1925 with 10 dealerships in the Top of Utah and southern Idaho.

“It’s something we always try to get all of our people involved and engaged with so that we are giving back to the community that supports us,” Young said. The dealership also hosts other events throughout the year for Weber and Ogden education associations, as well as a book drive, pet adoption, and trunk or treat, all of which generate funds for the area school districts.

This is the first time the Davis Education Foundation has participated in an event involving stuffing a bus with school supplies.

“There are a million good things you can do for kids, and we want to help children in need or at risk through these supply donations,” Miggin said. “I think that right now everybody knows that legislative dollars are spread thin because we have a lot of children in Utah and in Davis School District. We have a lot of families that are generous, and others that just aren’t able. For our kids to have a good environment, we want them to feel equal to their peers, and on a level playing field so they can learn the best they can.”

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