ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) -

The official start of school is just weeks away and many parents are now dealing with the rising cost of back to school supplies.

Families are expected to spend an average of nearly $670 on school supplies this year alone.

To help with the cost the Great Rivers United Way and area Walmarts teamed up to take some of the burden off of parents and their wallets. It's part of a nationwide school supply drive called "Fill the Bus". The goal was to fill a bus full of supplies to give to any families needing a little extra help this school year.

“You know the impoverished students need everything, so everything from pens, pencils, your crayons, your markers, just a whole list of school supplies, so the students can be ready to learn on day one,” said Community Impact Director Jason Larsen.

Walmarts in La Crosse, Onalaska, and Viroqua will be taking school supply donations throughout the weekend.