Fashion Bug in Delavan came through for the Delavan-Darien School District in a big way this summer, literally stuffing a school bus with supplies for our students.
The clothing store hosted the school supply drive for five weekends in July and August. The store had a school bus, provided by Dousman Transport Company, parked either in front of the store, by Staples, or by Wal-Mart, so shoppers could donate school supplies for children who need them. Anyone who donated an item received a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $40 or more from Fashion Bug.
Store manager Laura Meinen said the outpouring of support was tremendous, as people from both Delavan and out-of-town donated supplies for Delavan-Darien students. Many came to Delavan to donate and shop because they had heard about the drive in area newspapers and wanted to help out.
Delavan-Darien School District Superintendent Wendy Overturf and principals Kathy Maher (Darien Elementary), Tad Wehner (Phoenix Middle School), Mark Schmitt (DDHS), and Deborah Maki (Turtle Creek) visited with Fashion Bug officials Tuesday to thank the store and its employees for their efforts.
The supplies will be divided among the district’s five schools and given to students in need throughout the school year.
They will go a long way to making our students’ school experiences better, Maki said. Students who receive donated supplies see a boost in their confidence and are more ready to learn because they don’t have to worry about not having required items, Maki said.
Meinen said because the drive was such a success, Fashion Bug plans on holding the drive again next year. We can’t wait!
(Fashion Bug is located in the Delavan Crossings Shopping Plaza off Highway 50 and Interstate 43 on the east side of Delavan.)