Stuff the Bus event taking place online this year

Brilliant senior Braden Burleson is directing this year’s Stuff the Bus supply drive for Brilliant Schools. [Contributed photo]

Virtual supply drive will air Aug. 8

BRILLIANT -  The Third Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive for Brilliant Schools is underway.  
The student-founded and -led program is designed to give back to classmates and educators and to prepare them for the upcoming school semesters. This year, Brilliant senior Braden Burleson is taking charge of the event.
Burleson will host a live video on his Facebook profile beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, to share updates on the campaign.
The supply drive accepts items on Brilliant School’s general supply list, which is determined by the necessary class supplies to support each student and educator at Brilliant Schools. The drive aims at easing the financial burden for parents sending their children back to school.
The drive is gathering supplies which include but are not limited to:
• Disinfectant spray
• Disinfectant wipes
• Hand sanitizer (preferably 70% alcohol base)
• Paper towels;
• Kleenex;
• One-inch binder;
• Two-inch binder;
• Three-inch binder;
• Five-inch binder;
• Plastic pocket folder;
• Sheet protectors;
• Primary color card stock;
• Neon card stock;
• White card stock;
• Color copy paper;
• Plain copy paper;
• Pencil (mechanical or lead);
• Pen;
• Color pencils;
• Expo markers;
• Sharpie markers;
• Markers;
• Highlighters;
• File folders;
• College rule notebook; and
• Mead blue primary journals.
The drive was launched in 2018 by Kaitlyn Wyninger and co-led by Burleson and Carrington Barnett in 2019.
Burleson is leading the charge this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Burleson is a lifelong resident of Brilliant and a third-generation Brilliant Tiger. He is a member of Brilliant’s football, basketball and baseball teams and actively attends church at Brock Church of Christ.
As a result of the pandemic, school health regulations have prevented a school bus from being available for an on-site event. Instead, donation boxes have been stationed around Brilliant.
Drop off boxes are stationed at the following locations:
• Brilliant Dollar General;
• Brock Church of Christ;
• Brilliant Church of Christ;
• Kingdom Faith;
• State Bank and Trust - Brilliant Branch;
• Tiger Den Restaurant; and
• Cafe 30 (Inside the Chevron near Interstate 22).
Burleson will also be available to pick up donations if requested. He can be reached by calling (205) 528-0132.
In order to compensate, Burleson has announced plans to host the drive virtually. Regardless of the circumstances, the Brilliant senior says he is optimistic people will participate and help support his classmates and faculty.
“Each year our community, friends, families and surrounding businesses have greatly supported us,” said Burleson. “Our 2020-2021 school year is coming with a new set of challenges that we are fearful may impact the support that we have received in the past.
“We are very mindful of the impact the pandemic may have created for our families and businesses so we simply ask:  If you have it and can spare it, we would be very thankful for your support. If all you can do is just encourage us in our efforts to be the good in society, give us a shout-out or an encouraging word.”
Gift cards and monetary donations are appreciated. Any checks should be designated to “Stuff the Bus.”
“Again your support is greatly appreciated and as a thank you –we would love to acknowledge your support on Aug. 8, as we virtually ‘Stuff the Bus.’ Thank you again for any support that you can offer!”
For more information, interested persons are encouraged to contact  Burleson at (205) 528-0132. Brilliant High School Principal Dr. Adam Aldridge can be reached at the school (205) 465-2322.