Thursday, 11 July 2013 20:42

Area school districts and United Way kicks off Stuff-A-Bus campaign

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Pictured are Stuff-A-Bus Campaign committee members. Seated, from left, are Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Emergency Services at Catholic Charities of Oswego County; Jennifer Ferrara, Mexico School District; Pat Crowe, APW School District; Cathy Smith- Hannibal School District; and Jeanine Spicer, Mexico School District. Standing, from left, are Julie Gorman, Pulaski School District; co-chairperson Jo Ann Conzone, Oswego School District; co-chairperson, Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; Mary Hurley, Hannibal School District; Laura Lloyd of Oswego County Opportunities; and Roger Sprague, Oswego School District. Pictured are Stuff-A-Bus Campaign committee members. Seated, from left, are Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Emergency Services at Catholic Charities of Oswego County; Jennifer Ferrara, Mexico School District; Pat Crowe, APW School District; Cathy Smith- Hannibal School District; and Jeanine Spicer, Mexico School District. Standing, from left, are Julie Gorman, Pulaski School District; co-chairperson Jo Ann Conzone, Oswego School District; co-chairperson, Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; Mary Hurley, Hannibal School District; Laura Lloyd of Oswego County Opportunities; and Roger Sprague, Oswego School District.

     Members of the Oswego County Teachers Association (OCTA), Oswego County Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), Catholic Charities, Oswego County Opportunities and United Way announced the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign is under way.

     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 proud winner of that basket. Conzone is also in contact throughout the school year with the Oz Roller Derby 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 fundraisers.

     Conzone said, "I am proud to say that last year's county give away totaled more than 8600 s,upplies given to 1,600 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," said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County. "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 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:

     • Wal-Mart, Route 49 in Central Square
     • Wal-Mart , Route 104 in Oswego
     • Wal-Mart, Route 3 in Granby
     • Kinney Drugs, 3318 Main St. in Mexico
     • Kinney Drugs, 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
     • Kinney Drugs, 17 S. First St. in 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, Melanie Trexler or The Oswego City School District Superintendent's Office 315-341-2001, Jo Ann Conzone.

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