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Titans Women's Association Assists Nashville Students on First Day of School

Posted Aug 6, 2014

The Tennessee Titans Women's Association joined the United Way and Bridgestone to help out Nashville students on their first day of school.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans Women's Association joined forces with Bridgestone and the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville for their "Stuff the Bus Days," an ongoing partnership that assisted approximately 7,500 at-risk students across Nashville with backpacks full of the school supplies necessary to begin the school year right on MNPS’ first day of school.

The backpack distribution on the first day of school was the culmination of a summer-long series of events during Stuff the Bus Days of Action, designed to raise awareness and school supplies for at-risk students in Metro Nashville public schools. These crucial school supplies ensure that they begin the school year excited to learn and prepared for success.

Backpacks were distributed to every student at seven Metro Nashville public schools across the city, including Napier Elementary, where the Titans ladies were present to welcome the students as they entered the doors and help them get situated in their classrooms before the official start of the new school year.

The remaining backpacks were distributed to 18 United Way Family Resource Centers and 30 partner agencies in the Nashville community.

Not only did children start their day with new supplies, every student was walked to his or her classroom personally by a representative from the Titans Women's Association, United Way or Bridgestone to provide them with a positive start.

As teachers often spend their own hard-earned money on school supplies for their classrooms, they also benefited from Stuff the Bus on the first day of school. Volunteers delivered boxes filled with teacher’s supplies to all teachers at the seven schools (approximately 200 MNPS teachers), up from 60 in 2013. This not only allows the children to begin learning right away, but also for teachers to begin teaching immediately and focus on the students’ education.

The schools receiving the backpacks and supplies are located in some of the most at-risk neighborhoods in Nashville. Throughout MNPS, at least 60,000 of the 83,000 students, or 72 percent, are living in some level of poverty.

As families might be making difficult financial decisions, United Way and Bridgestone aim to bridge that financial gap and ease the burden on families in need of help, with assistance on Wednesday from the Tennessee Titans Women's Association.

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