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updated: 9/26/2011 1:31 PM

Schools benefit from 'Stuff the Bus' promotion

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Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) partnered with WKRS radio during August to "Stuff the Bus" and provide local students in need with new school supplies.

Every Friday during the month, a school bus was on-site at a designated GLCU branch to collect donations.

The local schools selected as recipients of the school supply donation drive included Forrestal Elementary at Great Lakes, Allendale School in Lake Villa, East and Lakeview schools in Zion and W.J. Murphy Elementary in Round Lake.

The respective school principals were on-site thanking individuals for their donations between noon and 1 p.m. during the WKRS live broadcasts and had the opportunity to visit with WKRS DJ Jerry Boothe and share a bit about their school.

"Our staff, students and their parents cannot express enough their gratitude for these much needed donations, especially during such tough economic times," said Jodie Moss, principal at East and Lakeview schools in Zion.

GLCU purchased the first $250 in supplies for each of the four schools, and the generosity of GLCU members and the public produced another $210 in cash donations. In addition, Costco in Mettawa contributed 400 backpacks to the cause.

"We are fairly new to the community and were trying to find a school to make this donation to when I spotted GLCU's 'Stuff the Bus' announcement on the North Chicago Chamber website. What great timing," said Lisa Thompson, membership/marketing manager for Costco.

Two large boxes of donated supplies were collected at the Antioch Walgreens, thanks to the initiative of store manager Chris White, and Durham Bus Services donated a bus for the day during the Antioch branch event.