To the community:
The annual Stuff-A-Bus event was held at the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District bus garage on August 22.
In conjunction with the Oswego County United Way and with strong support from the APW Parent-Teacher-Student Association, local businesses and individual donations, this event was once again tremendously successful – 200 students received book bags filled with required supplies for the upcoming school year.
This year light refreshments were served, and Bert and Ernie were on hand, along with a talented fellow creating balloon animals. Used books and clothing were also donated and available to the participants.
Stuff-A-Bus is open to all families.
There are no stipulations as to income, family size, etc.
The local economy and rising costs have created financial challenges for many of our families, and it is our hope that Stuff-A-Bus can in some way help to lighten that burden.
Thus, all students qualify and parents needing assistance are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
Each year Stuff-A-Bus proves to be a heartwarming and happy event.
The joy and enthusiasm seen in the faces of our young students is proof of this and is all the thanks anyone could want.
But it is important to recognize and acknowledge the efforts of those who make this event possible.
Without the United Way, the PTSA and the business and individual donations, the required supplies would not be available. And without the dedicated and hardworking members of the APW staff and the local community, the event could not happen.
Many individuals work tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the year soliciting donations.
Volunteers help categorize and purchase supplies while also coordinating and staffing the event itself.
All of these efforts are crucial to the success of the event and each of you deserves more thanks than words could ever express.
Stuff-A-Bus truly demonstrates what can be accomplished by a small community focused on the needs of its students and families and we can all be proud to be members of such a community.
We welcome and encourage everyone to join us in this endeavor.
New fundraising ideas and committees are needed as we begin planning for next year’s event.
We invite you to become a volunteer or make a donation.
For more information, please call Pat at 625-5241.
Again, my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all involved.
Anita M. Murphy
Superintendent of Schools