To the editor:

On behalf of Communities Supporting Schools of Wayne County, I want to thank this community for being such a great support system for our students.

Once again, our annual “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive, which was held on Aug. 8, was a huge success. We are fortunate to have individuals, businesses, churches and civic groups that want to see the children in this community have what they need to be successful in school.

There are many layers of support for our annual Stuff the Bus campaign, which has been hosted by the Goldsboro News Argus for the past 18 years.

First, I want to thank the Goldsboro News-Argus for their enthusiasm and their continued sponsorship of this event. Their promotion of this event begins weeks ahead of this school supply drive and signals the beginning of the school year for many!

Supplies were received throughout the day as individuals stop by the News-Argus parking lot to unload their donations.

Seeing the big yellow bus parked at the Goldsboro News-Argus is a visible sign to the community that it is time to help our students!

The school supply drive will continue as we receive donations at the CSS office located at 308 N. William St.

Other partners involved in this process include the Wayne County Public Schools Transportation Department. They provide the yellow school bus and the driver every year to assist with this event.

CSS board members, staff members and community volunteers assist on the day of the event. Other volunteers do everything from unloading school supplies to helping inventory and box supplies to be delivered to the schools.

This year, we had volunteers from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the Goldsboro Fire Department who assisted with this process.

School social workers and counselors are receiving packages of these donated school supplies this week. Students who might not have the necessary tools for the classroom will receive supplies to help them begin their school year.

Our goal is to help all students be successful, and having the necessary tools for the classroom gives them a jump on their school year.

Individuals, churches and civic clubs have donated thousands of dollars in school supplies. We are still in the process of determining the dollar value of all of our donations. No donation is too small as we continue to get ready for this new school year.

Again, thanks to this community for making this possible!

SELENA BENNETT, Communities Supporting Schools executive director


Editor’s note: Stuff the Bus experienced a record-breaking fundraising year, with nearly $25,000 in school supplies and monetary donations as of Monday.

To the editor:

In the column (Language Matters — Clues to Errors in Reasoning) dated July 29, 2018, Ms. Meador used two situations to illustrate errors in false analogy.

One situation involved the trapped Thai soccer players and the other quoted remarks by U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin who equated the plight of the soccer players with the plight of immigrant children being separated from their parents.

Ms. Meador contends that the senator used a false analogy: “This fallacy assumes that two situations are similar when indeed they are not alike on all bases of comparison.” But the Thai incident and the recent immigration case are indeed similar on at least one basis of comparison.

Both groups of children were in the care of their parents or a responsible adult, and through no fault of their own, both groups of children were separated from their parents.

Very different external forces led to a strikingly similar outcome for each group — entrapment and separation from their parents.