It’s Time To Stuff A Bus

OSWEGO, NY – Dozens of people and organizations have plenty of stuff – ready to cram it all  into a school bus in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign.

The project got under way a few weeks ago.

school busCollection boxes have been distributed to a number of stores and businesses throughout Oswego County where people can donate school supplies for children in need.

“The need is great this year,” according to Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way. “We are working in collaboration with school districts throughout Oswego County.”

The goal is to be able to provide children less fortunate with everything they need in order to be ready to begin school this fall.

The public can donate supplies through Aug.10. On that day,  the campaign culminates in a final collection. The United Way will have buses at eight convenient locations that day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect all the donations and then transport them to the Oswego Middle School. There they will be unloaded and sorted.

Each of the county’s school district will later pick up its share and distribute them within their districts.

“Wiltsie Construction sponsored a breakfast on July 30 at The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego, where we raised $3,400 to buy school supplies. The committee was co-chaired by Dan and Liz Dorsey. Eagle beverage and The Club House Tavern donated a mountain bike to raffle, also. Burritt Motors donated $1,500 and the Oswego Lions club donated $500,” Trexler said. “It’s encouraging to see the reception we have received from businesses and organizations who have volunteered as official collection points for school supplies.”

Jo Ann Conzone, administrative assistant to the Oswego school superintendent, is helping the United Way coordinate the effort.

“We have sent out a survey to building principals asking what speciffically they need in the way of supplies,” Conzone said. “We have received a lot of suggestions.”

“In fact, our district has done some of its own donating. We had a jeans day – we had bins in all of our buildings for a kickoff of Stuff a Bus where people donated supplies or made a monetary donation,” she continued, “Some parents have dropped off supplies here as well.”

She thanked the many people who have already stepped up to volunteer.

“There are many people involved this year to make this the best year ever!” she said. “The breakfast held at the Clubhouse this past Saturday was the biggest drive yet for all school children in our county. It was great! Melanie (Trexler) and Lois (Luber, resource development director) at United Way deserve much much credit.”

Last year’s campaign served approximately 1,400 Oswego County students, according to Trexlerr.

On Aug. 10, the buses will be at:

Wal-Mart on Route 49 in Central Square
Wal-Mart on Route 104 in Oswego
Wal-Mart on Route 3 in Granby
Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main St. in Mexico
Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
Kinney Drugs at 17 S. First St. in Fulton
The Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal
Fulton Savings Bank parking lot, Route 57 in Phoenix

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, call 593-1900.