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School Supplies Sought For United Way of Long Island’s Stuff-A-Bus Campaign

During the month of August, United Way of Long Island is inviting companies to collect school supplies on behalf of children in underserved school districts.  The supplies will be donated to local districts as part of United Way’s 4th Annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign.

Last year, tens of thousands of school supply items on behalf of children in the underserved school districts of Copiague, Central Islip and Brentwood. Buses were donated by both Educational Bus Transportation Inc., and Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc. Five hundred backpacks and name tags were donated by the Make It Count Foundation and United Way also secured a $10,000 grant from the Target Foundation.

Long Island companies are asked to collect the following school supply items: backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks, pocket folders, pens, pencils, washable markers, pencil cases, crayons, glue/glue sticks, scissors, rulers and hand wipes.  Items will be collected at individual companies and at United Way of Long Island’s office in Deer Park from August 1 to August 31.

According to the Long Island Index 2011, “while overall poverty levels on Long Island are lower than New York at large, there are many schools where more than 50 percent of the children receive free lunch.” Hardworking families struggle to pay necessary bills and many are unable to afford school supplies for their children. As part of United Way’s focus on education initiatives, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign aims to help students from these families to prepare for school and succeed academically.

For more information or to get involved, visit www.unitedwayli.org or call 631.940.3731.

PHOTO: Theresa A. Regnante, President & CEO of United Way of Long Island and Eric Snell, Principal and the students of a 2011 recipient Laurel Park Elementary School in Brentwood receive school supply donations from United Way of Long Island’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign.