Clayton kicks-off school supply drive

Posted August 5, 2011 6:31 p.m. EDT

— The state sales tax-free shopping weekend coincides with a campaign in Clayton to stock up on school supplies.

The Fill the Bus campaign urges shoppers to donate school supplies into a cardboard box shaped like a school bus.

Organizer Jim Godfrey, executive director of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, said the supplies will ease the burden for Cooper Elementary School. Every donated item is one less thing teachers and the school will have to pay for.

"I’m tired of hearing so many times that teachers have to pay out of their own pocket to be able to have enough supplies to teach our children,” Godfrey said. 

Local business owner Martha Stovall donated items to the cause on Friday at Medlin Office Supply. 

"The schools have just been hit so hard with the budget cuts. Anything that the local merchants can do to help the schools, we want to do," Stovall said. 

The campaign continues Saturday at the Walmart in Clayton.

The tax-free weekend began at 12:01 a.m. and runs until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.