School districts and United Way kick off Stuff-A-Bus Campaign

Members of the Oswego County Teachers Association, Oswego County Civil Service Employees Association, Catholic Charities, Oswego County Opportunities and United Way have announced that the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign is underway.

Working in collaboration with United Way of Greater Oswego County, other area school districts, and more than a dozen 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 April Stuff-A-Bus Co-Chairperson, Jo Ann Conzone organized a gift basket in order to raise awareness of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign and to encourage donations of school supplies in the Oswego City School District.

Patti Perfetti was the winner of that basket. She is also in contact throughout the school year with the Roller Derby Oz Girls who are supporters of this much-needed venue.

The APW school district has purchased raffle tickets for a cruiser bike and is selling them at this time; OCO collects supplies from communities for this program, many other county school district do a variety of fund raisers.

Conzone said, “I am proud to say that last year’s county give away totaled over 8600 supplies given to 1600 Oswego County families.   We are very appreciative of the work that the unions and county organizations do to help make the Stuff-A-Bus campaign so successful.”

“Hundreds of families are 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 United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Melanie Trexler.

The highlight of the “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign will be the special collection day Wednesday, Aug. 14 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.

They will be held at:

• 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 First Street in Fulton;

• The Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal; and

• 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 or the Oswego City School District Superintendent’s Office at 341-2001.

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