TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – A radio station has teamed up with the city of Trotwood to help students affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes.
The “Stuffing the Truck” campaign kicked off Sunday. It’s an initiative to collect school supplies and other items for Trotwood students.
“We’re making sure that kids are prepared and ready for school this year,” said Mayor Mary McDonald. “We’re making sure that supplies are brought in and that the children are equipped and ready to go Day 1.”
The city has partnered with 92.1 WROU-FM to collect supplies for students, Mayor McDonald said.
The need is as great as ever, according to organizers, as hundreds of Trotwood families lost their homes and belongings in the tornadoes.
“Of course we need backpacks,” said Faith Daniels, program director and afternoon drive personality for 92.1 WROU. “But whatever a child is going to need to get back to school – pencils, pens – we want to make sure these kids can go back to school and feel a little bit more normal than they’ve been feeling since the tornadoes.”
“Trotwood-Madison schools has registration going on now, and they’re asking families to register now and make sure that we know exactly where you’re located,” Mayor McDonald said.
According to Trotwood-Madison school officials, 363 of the district’s students were displaced in the tornadoes.
Trotwood-Madison is an open enrollment district, according to school administrators, allowing students from any Ohio school district to enroll.
“Kids can be living in Dayton or other municipalities and still be a part of the Trotwood-Madison school district,” McDonald said.
Items like personal care products and cash donations are also being accepted, Daniels said.
There will be three more opportunities to donate school supplies. Collections are scheduled for each Sunday in July.
Drop-off locations include:
- Sunday, July 14: The Arena Sports Bar, 4515 Salem Avenue, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, July 21: Abundant Life, 4769 Free Pike, Noon to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, July 28: Trotwood Fire Station #72, 5469 Little Richmond Road, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.