LARGO — The Pinellas Education Foundation, Pinellas County Council PTA and Pinellas County schools kicked off tax-free weekend Friday with the annual Stuff the Bus campaign.
Superintendent Michael Grego, school board Chairwoman Carol Cook and board member Terry Krassner, Largo Mayor Patricia Gerard, foundation President Terry Boehm, PTA President Michelle Alfred, 2014 Pinellas Educator of the Year Kevin Ford and others were expected to accept donations at Largo Mall and load them onto a yellow school bus for the start of the year. The supplies will be given to needy students when school starts Aug. 18. About 11 percent of Pinellas families live in poverty, and more than 2,100 are homeless, according to the education foundation. About 52 percent of the students in Pinellas schools qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
More drives are scheduled for 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hudson's Furniture, 9001 U.S. 19, Pinellas Park, and 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Publix in Carillon Park, 300 Main St., St. Petersburg.
Needed supplies include: gender-neutral backpacks, pens and pencils, spiral-bound notebooks and composition books, loose-leaf notebook paper, 1-inch binders, crayons and colored pencils, pocket folders, rulers and erasers.