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September 18, 2018

Michael A. Maroun Stuff-A-Bus ‘Huge Success’


Michael A. Maroun Elementary School’s pickup date for Stuff-A-Bus School supplies Aug. 22 was a huge success.

Teacher assistant Marla Leitner (right) signs in Nicole Williams and second graders Julianna and Ryan at the Stuff-A-Bus pickup Aug. 22.

Teacher assistant Marla Leitner (right) signs in Nicole Williams and second graders Julianna and Ryan at the Stuff-A-Bus pickup Aug. 22.

Students in the Phoenix Central School District and their families lined the hallway waiting to enter the cafeteria full of backpacks, glue sticks, pencils, crayons, folders and more.

Teacher assistant Marla Leitner, who helped coordinate the event, signed people in at the head of the line.

“We try to help families as much as we can,” said Leitner. “We had lots of cash donations this year; I was out until 10:30 p.m. shopping for supplies.”

The Stuff-A-Bus program is sponsored by United Way, which also gave $100 toward the purchase of supplies for this event. The United Way partners with more than 20 businesses and organizations as well as Oswego County school districts to stuff eight school buses with supplies to distribute to families, so that each student has the tools they need for academic success.

These supplies were offered to all students in kindergarten through the 12th grade.

A special donation was received from the Phoenix First Congregational United Church of Christ and the First United Methodist Church of Phoenix this year. More than 320 items were collected by children who attended the churches’ Vacation Bible School over the summer.

“Each year we work systematically with a program,” said United Methodist Lay Leader Judy Craigmile. “The kids got so excited; some donated their own birthday money.”

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