Back-To-School school supply drive

OGALLALA, Neb. - Wolf Auto held a back-to-school school supply drive Thursday afternoon to benefit Ogallala school students.

Volunteers and donors met at Wolf Auto in Ogallala to stuff a bus with school supplies. Over $5,000 worth of items were stacked up in front of a school bus. The items were then loaded into the bus and driven to Prairie View Elementary for the the fourth annual "Adopt-A-Student" School Supply Drive.

Dozens of volunteers including high school students and local businesses were at the school to unload the bus and organize the donated items.

Organizer Lorena Veckius said this is the biggest year they have had for donations and it is double what they had last year

"I'm so blessed and thankful to live in such a giving community and I just feel excited that we can help a lot of teachers and kids in need. You don't realize how expensive it is to buy school supplies nowadays," said Veckius.

School librarian Nancy Armstrong said one of the reasons they keep doing it year after year is seeing the kids faces light up when they walk in the gym and see all the items.

"Well what I see, I get to be the one that gets to see the excitement and the joy in the kids faces and the parents. The parents are so appreciative because sometimes it's just down on their luck day so it's really enjoyable," said Armstrong.

The Ogallala High School Ineract Club volunteered to help stuff the bus and organize the items for students to come pick up and club president Abbie Crandall said they love being a part of it.

"Yeah we love like any opportunity we can get to be involved in the community and so this is just the perfect opportunity you know we can help with the kids in need as well," said Crandall.

This is the fouth year of this school supply drive. The items will be available for pick up at Prairie View Elementary Thursday evening and Monday in the school library. The organizers would like to thank all those who donated to the drive.