Members of the Oswego County Teachers Association and the Oswego City School District have announced that the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign in underway.
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 the OZ Roller Girls,” said Conzone. “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.”
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 Oswego City School District has donated more than $1,000 this past year towards the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign as well as numerous school supplies,” Conzone said. “Last year, the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign helped more than 300 Oswego County students as we distributed over 1,500 school supplies countywide.”
United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Melanie Trexler said, “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.”
The highlight of the “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign will be a special collection day Wednesday, Aug. 15 when school buses will be at the following sites from 9 a.m. to 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 Street in Mexico.
• Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski.
• Kinney Drugs at 17 South 1st Street in Fulton.
• The Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal.
• Fulton Savings Bank parking lot, Route 57 in Phoenix.
Those seeking more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign may call the United Way office at 593-1900.