Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Oswego, NY – Members of the Oswego County Teachers Association and the Oswego City School District have announced that the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign in under way.
Working in collaboration with United Way of Greater Oswego County, other area school districts and more than 20 business and organizations, the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.
Beginning in June, Stuff-A-Bus chairperson, Jo Ann Conzone organized a number of vents for OCTA and the OCSD to participate in such as jeans days and drawings for gift baskets.
“In order to raise awareness of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign and to encourage donations of school supplies Karen Canale and I hosted Stuff-A-Bus promotional days at Crisafulli Rink with he Oz Roller Girls. We distributed information about the campaign, the types of school supplies we are hoping to collect, and where the donations may be made. We also held a drawing for the gift baskets that we put together,” said Conzone.
Additionally, Conzone said that another gift basket was displayed at each elementary school in the OCSD. Nannette Joyce of the Oswego Education Center won the Buccaneer Basket and Kory Donovan from Frederick Leighton Elementary School won the Summertime Basket.
“I am proud to say that the OCSD has donated more than $1,000 this past year towards the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign as well as numerous school supplies. Last year the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign helped more than 300 Oswego County students as we distributed over 1500 school supplies countywide,” said Conzone.
“We are very appreciative of the work that OCTA and all of our county school districts do to help make the Stuff-A-Bus campaign so successful. Hundreds of families benefit from this campaign and grateful for the supplies they receive. Of course this would not be possible without the support we receive from the businesses and organizations that host their own school supply collections and serve as official donation sites for the Stuff-A-Bus campaign,” said Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler.
The highlight of the “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign will be a special collection day on Aug. 15 when school buses will be at the following sites from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to accept donations of school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.
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., Mexico
Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
Kinney Drugs at 17 S. First St., 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, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.