School supplies will be used for the STEAM Bus, a high-tech mobile science lab that will travel to all Johnson City elementary schools starting in September.
“The level of commitment and caring in this community is always inspiring,” said Tembra Aldridge, the mall’s general manager.
“This summer, we invite you to help us ‘Stuff the STEAM Bus’ to assure that the STEAM Bus is ready to enhance the kids learning experience and contribute to a successful school year.”
The Johnson City Public Schools Foundation will purchase all technology and supplies for specially designed lessons.
Community members are asked to participate by donating new school supplies. Suggested items for donation include wide-ruled paper, printer paper, cardstock, composition books, unsharpened pencils, large rubber bands, small rubber bands, jumbo craft sticks, meter sticks, aluminum foil, scotch tape, graph paper, dry erase markers, index cards, scissors, AA batteries, staplers, ink pens, Sharpies, paper towels, self-sealing plastic bags, large disposable cups, plastic spoons, plastic forks, clear plastic wrap, binder clips, metal paint tray, twine, paper clips, and small disposable cups.
A detailed list of suggested donation items is available at www.mallatjohnsoncity.com. Items can be dropped off at the mall in front of JC Penney during normal mall hours. The deadline for donations is Aug. 23.
The mall will also hold a “Stuff the STEAM Bus” kick-off event in the upper level parking lot near the main entrance, on Saturday, July 28, from noon until 7 p.m. During this time the public is asked to stuff the bus by bringing their donated items to the mall to help fill the bus with all of the essential items kids need at the start of the new school year.
Family-friendly activities during the day will include food trucks, children’s games and inflatables, and a dunk tank with teachers and administrators from Town Acres and Woodland Elementary schools and Indian Trail Intermediate School who have volunteered to be dunked.
For more information, call 423-282-2830 or visit www.mallatjohnsoncity.com.