OSWEGO, NY – Students who need school supplies when they head back to classes next month will find a bus load of donations, thanks to the United Way.
In an effort to ensure every child is prepared for school, the United Way of Greater Oswego County held its annual “Stuff a Bus” campaign on Wednesday at different bus locations around the county.
Buses were parked at various locations around the county. Individuals, groups, businesses and organizations stopped by to donate everything from pens and pencils to backpacks and calculators.
A representative of ARISE made a donation. Debra Kingsley from 31 Consulting added to the pile. Several Wal-Mart shoppers made it a point to make a few extra purchases to donate on the way out.
The same scenes were playing out at the other sites as well.
The annual Stuff a Bus Harborfest Breakfast last month also raised money to help the effort.
That money was used to buy supplies that were added to the county donations, explained Jo Ann Conzone, administrative assistant to the Oswego school superintendent, and chair of the 2014 campaign.
“That bought an awful lot of school supplies,” she said.
The buses rolled up to the designated off-loading site shortly after 3 p.m. and volunteers went about the task of sorting and organizing the donations.
The seats were jam-packed with large cardboard boxes instead of school children. The boxes, many of the overflowing with supplies, contained everything from pencils and spiral notebooks (tons of spiral notebooks) to thumb drives and calculators.
“Everything has worked out very well,” Conzone said.
Last year, they were able to help more than 1,200 students and their families.
School supplies will be handed out to students in their respective school districts as follows:
APW – August 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the APW Bus Garage
Central Square – August 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CS Ed Center
Fulton – August 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, or until supplies last, at Fairgrieve Elementary School
Hannibal – August 22 from noon to 2 p.m. at Kenny Middle School
Mexico – August 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mexico Elementary School
Oswego – August 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fitzhugh Park Cafeteria
Phoenix – August 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Maroun Elementary School
Pulaski – August 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Laura M. Sharp Elementary
Sandy Creek – August 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sandy Creek Elementary School Cafeteria
School supplies will be available for those who would find it challenging to purchase the supplies that their child need for school.
Volunteers will be on hand to assist and guide the children and to make sure that they get the supplies they really need.
For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact your United Way office at 593-1900.
Families are urged to attend the distribution in their school district only.
If there are any supplies not distributed on the above dates, they will be made available to teachers to give to students in their classes who are not able to purchase the supplies they need.
For more information on the “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign, call 593-1900.