Walmart manager Mark Hankins hands Glenda Allums with ConocoPhillips boxes of school supplies the store donated for the Pack the Bus event. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald

A large school bus parked on the sidewalk in front of Walmart was ready and waiting to be loaded with school supplies Friday and Saturday.

Volunteers collected colorful boxes of crayons, packages of lined paper, piles of pencils, stacks of kindergarten mats to help area kids get back to school.

Ursula Hullaby, Back to School Bash committee member says this year’s donations topped the previous and is a reflection of the community.

“The community really opened their hearts and shared their finances and donated so graciously to our students. Everything is costly now and for our community to have given so


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