Sites taking donations to fill bus

When you’re out shopping this week, local volunteers hope you’ll start looking for the folders, backpacks and other school supplies students need for the school year.

The number of families who need school supplies has grown in recent years. School doesn’t start for weeks, but before then, local donation events will collect the items students will need on their first day.

United Way of Johnson County plans to give school supplies to 2,400 children who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, executive director Nancy Plake said.

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