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‘Stuff the Bus’ donations distributed

3,000 pounds of supplies collected for area schools in Edinboro University inauguration service project


Countless pencils, reams of paper and many other donated school supplies stacked high on the seats and crowding the aisle of a full-size bus made Edinboro University’s Stuff the Bus campaign a resounding success.

In all, 3,000 pounds of school supplies were collected, Dr. Melissa Gibson, Community Outreach Director, said.

“The bus was completely packed,” Gibson said of the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority bus decorated in Edinboro colors and logos that served as the collection point for donated supplies.

Through the generosity of the campus community and the wider Edinboro and Erie communities, much-needed items are being made available to young students at several area schools. The first delivery was made Nov. 8 at Edinboro Elementary School, where University President Julie E. Wollman read to students.

The Stuff the Bus effort, one of the largest and the longest events on the Inauguration Week schedule at more than four days, was organized by the University’s Community Outreach Center and School of Education as a tribute to Dr. Wollman’s lifelong commitment to education, Dr. Gibson said.

The Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, McDonald’s Restaurant, WJET 24, FOX 66 and assisted with the campaign.

Stuff the Bus was launched Nov. 1 at the McDonald’s outside the Millcreek Mall and continued Nov. 5-7 in on the Edinboro campus.

In addition to Edinboro Elementary, the supplies collected are being given to Northwestern and Union City elementary schools, as well as McKean and Mill Village elementary schools, which were added because the outpouring of donations was so great, Dr. Gibson said.

President Wollman was inaugurated as the 17th leader and first woman president of university on Nov. 9.