.Fill the Bus.

United Way of Northwest Arkansas is Ready to Fill the Bus for Local Schools 

 Program Initiative.

Fill the Bus is an initiative in partnership with Walmart and sponsored by BIC, Crayola, Clorox and Coca-Cola to provide school supplies to local students in need and help create a pathway out of poverty for children in Northwest Arkansas. Perhaps now, more than ever, our school districts need our support.

For over a decade, the Fill the Bus school supply drive has been providing Northwest Arkansas children with the tools to help them get a head start on the school year. The school supplies that are collected from Fill the Bus support students in 15 Northwest Arkansas school districts. Investing in our children today provides the path to a brighter future tomorrow and a chance for every child to succeed.

If your workplace or organization would like to collect school supplies to support our event in 2022, email us at rbramell@unitedwaynwa.org.



Fill the Bus raised enough supplies to impact more than 12,000 students, ensuring they had the supplies they needed to start the school         year off right. 


13 School Districts

Supplies were distributed to 13 school districts   in Northwest Arkansas: 

Bentonville • Decatur • Farmington • Fayetteville • Gravette • Huntsville • Lincoln • Pea Ridge • Prairie Grove • Rogers • Siloam Springs • Springdale • West Fork 


Estimated value of supplies donated across all 13 school districts was $554,400.



How can my child get school supplies?

If your child(ren) are in need of school supplies please contact your school nurse and/or school counselors.

Where do the supplies go?

Supplies collected from the buses during Fill the Bus weekend will go directly to school districts – distributed by school counselors, nurses and other personnel. Supplies collected through corporate drives will be directed to help rural school districts.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

For 2020, we will not be taking on-site volunteers. We will be collecting school supplies through our Walmart Registry For Good.


I can't participate in the actual event, but I would like to host a school supplies drive. How should I do that?

Email Rhonda Bramell at fillthebus@unitedwaynwa.org to request our Fill the Bus toolkit to host a school supply drive at your office.

What stores are participating this year?

For 2022, store locations are still to be determined.



  • 406 S. Walton Blvd, Bentonville
  • 3919 N. Mall Avenue, Fayetteville
  • 2875 W. Martin Luther King Blvd, Fayetteville
  • 121 Lee Street, Huntsville
  • 4208 Pleasant Crossing Blvd, Rogers
  • 2110 W. Walnut Street, Rogers
  • 2901 Highway 412, Siloam Springs
  • 4870 Elm Springs Road, Springdale
  • 2004 S. Pleasant Street, Springdale
  • 100 Commercial Lane, Pineville, Missouri
Which supplies are most needed?
Older kid supplies! Most people think about crayons and glue for little kids but do not purchase supplies for older students. Backpacks, loose leaf paper, folders with brads, 3 ring binders, highlighters, scissors, hand sanitizer, storage bags, tissues, etc. Lists of needed items will be provided at the Walmart locations during the event.
I'm REALLY passionate about helping kids start school with everything they need. How can I go above and beyond to help out?
Older student supplies! Most people think about crayons and glue for younger children but do not purchase supplies for older students. Backpacks, loose leaf paper, folders with brads, three ring binders, highlighters, scissors, etc.