BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Bedford County Public Schools teamed up with the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Sheriff’s Office to “Pack the Bus” on Friday.

Walmart shoppers donated supplies for local public school students, but this year they’re welcoming more people to benefit from the drive. Most years, people are referred to receive free school supplies, but this year it’s a no-questions-asked application. DSS says due to rising costs, there will be no screening; any family that applies is eligible to receive supplies.

“When students have nice supplies, nice notebooks, book bags it gives them confidence,” said Shawn Trosper, director of curriculum at BCPS. “We want to be able to help them have that little boost of confidence.”

Maynard Keller president of American Financial Planning and a parent. He knows how expensive back to school can be.

He says to hone in on what your kids need on the supply list based on what classes they’re taking. You can also see if any neighbors with older kids have supplies they no longer need.

“It might make sense to go in with other parents and buy in bulk, split the cost, and get supplies that are needed,” said Keller.

If you’re a Bedford County Public Schools family and want to inquire about school supplies, contact the Bedford County Department of Social Services.