EAGLE RIVER - As you pull into Parsons of Eagle River, one vehicle really stands out. A bright, yellow school bus sits in front of the dealership awaiting donations.
The Fill the Bus campaign aims to collect a lot of school supplies for local children.
You won't find a single kid on the school bus, but Jenny Gretzinger knows that with a little help the bus will end up full of the tools kids need to succeed.
"Start small and dream big," said Gretzinger, owner of Parsons at Eagle River.
She came up with the Fill the Bus idea, and she's asking anyone to donate school supplies over the next month.
"There's so many different things that the kids need or the families need money for, between the supplies and the food and the teachers with the Kleenex and the Clorox wipe and all that kind of stuff," said Gretzinger.
As donations come in, Parsons will fill lime green containers with any donated supplies.
"This is just one example of how a community, a school, and businesses can all work together," said Northland Pines Superintendent Dr. Mike Richie.
He knows many of his students can use a little bit of help.
"We take everything for granted," Richie said. "We have a number of families here on free and reduced lunch, and we try to help them out as much as possible."
During the school year, Richie says some schools will even send snacks home with kids for the weekend.
And now that it's summertime, the need to collect supplies for the next school year is high.
The goal by the end of August is to have this bus filled with school supplies such as pens, pencils, crayons--even backpacks--for kids to take home.
"What this does is it puts everyone at a level playing field once they start the school year," said Richie.
The school year will arrive soon, and Gretzinger expects the community to help make sure everyone is prepared.
"Yeah, it would be great to fill the bus," she said.
The Fill the Bus campaign runs through August 26, and donations can be dropped off at the Parsons in Eagle River until then.
For every item donated, the person's name will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate.
The drawings will take place every week until the end of the campaign.
Click the link below to see more about the campaign.
LINCOLN CO. - The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office is calling a death east of Merrill on Thursday a homicide.
In a press release on Friday morning, the sheriff's office said a 77-year-old woman was found shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. In the same home, a 78-year-old man was found critically injured from a gunshot wound.
It happened at a home on Range Line Road in the Town of Pine River.
The sheriff's office said it believes the shooting is isolated and the public is not in danger.
The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab worked to process the scene.
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.
Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.
The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.
Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.
The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning. About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.
The school first held Career Day in 2009. Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.
RHINELANDER - A former contracted janitor accused of sexually assaulting a Rhinelander student appears headed for a trial.
Stavros Iliopoulos appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday afternoon. Attorneys told Judge Michael Bloom they had not reached a plea deal. Bloom decided to schedule one final pre-trial conference for late August before a two-day jury trial was set for Sept. 4 and 5.
In late November, police said Iliopoulos, 65, took a girl into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately at Northwoods Community Elementary School, a public charter school in Harshaw.
Iliopoulos worked for a contracted company, Victory Janitorial, at the time.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
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