Craven County Partners In Education Announces Stuff the Bus Event with Title Sponsor B/S/H/ Home Appliances

Stuff the Bus 2019

B/S/H/ Home Appliances is passionate about starting our students back to school with the school supplies needed to start them on the road to success.  PIE president David Baxter and B/S/H/ Home Appliances Vice President Andy MacLaren announced that B/S/H/ Home Appliances has agreed to be the Title Sponsor for Stuff the Bus.  Mr. MacLaren said, “BSH recognizes that all students will not have the supplies they need on the first day of school; some parents simply can’t afford to purchase the items needed.”

Mr. Baxter explained, “To assist those students, Partners In Education (PIE) will have bright yellow school buses and colorful totes set up in front of the three Walmart stores in Craven County on August 24, 2019, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (New Bern – 3105 Dr. M.L. King, Jr., Blvd. and 2915 Neuse Blvd., and Havelock – 566 U.S. 70).  Generous shoppers can donate school supplies for students who have been identified as in-need by their school counselors and principals.”

Volunteers from the schools and our community will be on hand and honking the horn of the school bus each time a donation is made as a way of showing thanks.

A shopping list will be available on the day of the event, is currently available on the PIE website at, and is listed on the individual schools’ websites.

For those who can’t make it to the event, feel free to drop off school supplies year-round at the PIE office, located in the Craven County Schools Central Services office at 3600 Trent Rd.  Also, many businesses have agreed to be drop-off locations and will collect items until Friday, August 16.  They are:

  • Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines at 312 S. Front St.
  • Wells Fargo at 401 S. Front St.
  • CresCom Bank at 1725 S. Glenburnie Rd.
  • Edward Jones Investments – Dan Roberts at 301 S. Front St.
  • Toyota of New Bern at 5010 US Hwy 70 East
  • Craven County Schools at 3600 Trent Rd.
  • Accidental Artist at 219-A Craven St.
  • Rankin & Fiume Orthodontics at 608 McCarthy Blvd.
  • White & Allen, PA at 1319 Commerce Dr.
  • Sheriff’s Office at 1100 Clarks Rd.
  • Sun Journal at 3200 Wellons Rd.

Last year, through the generosity of our community, Partners In Education received $32,000 in donations and was able to assist students in all 25 schools. Based on this success, Partners In Education is recruiting the help of all our community partners so that we are able to reach even more students this year.

Mr. Baxter announced that 36 organizations have partnered with PIE as Major Sponsors, demonstrating a strong sense of community and support of our public schools They are:  AlphaGraphics, BB&T, The Harold H. Bate Foundation, Bojangles’, CarolinaEast Health System, Centenary UMC, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, Coastal Carolina Health Care, Dermatology Associates of Coastal Carolina, Edward Jones Investments, Fisher Fuel Market, Hearne’s Fine Jewelry, International Paper, Martin Marietta, Mitchell Hardware, Moen, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, Neuse River Region Association of REALTORS, Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas, Pierce Group Benefits, Rankin & Fiume Orthodontics, Rotary Club of New Bern, Savage’s Wood Burning Pizzeria, Sound Bank, Suddenlink by Altice, Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law, Sun Journal, Toyota of New Bern, Trent Cadillac Buick GMC, Wells Fargo, Weyerhaeuser Co., Williams Scarborough Gray,  WNBU 94.1 & Thunder Country 96.3, WITN-TV and WRNS 95.1 & WERO Bob 93.3.

If you know a student in need of school supplies, contact the principal at your student’s school. All items collected are distributed through the school counselors and principals.

For more information about this event, or how you can support PIE, contact Darlene Brown at 514-6321, or at Visit the PIE website at to learn more about the programs offered by Partners In Education.

Partners In Education is a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system.

Submitted by: Darlene Brown, Craven County Partners In Education