Willingboro Education Association helps Stuff The Bus for students

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By Rodney Lane, NJEA Communications Consultant

On a hot, sunny day in late August in Willingboro, NJEA, Willingboro Education Association (WEA), and iHeart Media came together for a “Stuff The Bus” school supply event.

The purpose of the event was to help provide Willingboro students with the supplies needed to start the school year. Acme Supermarkets in Willingboro provided space outside of their mall for individuals or groups to donate supplies to students in the community. Power 99 FM, featuring DJ Cappuccino, broadcast the event live to the South Jersey and Philadelphia area.

At the start of the school year, many events across the state involve school supply giveaways, but this event was unique. The “Stuff The Bus” event focused on community input and participation in the process. On the Acme lot, there was a real school bus, and the goal was to fill it with school supplies. Individuals and organizations who made donations boarded the bus and placed their donations where they could. Items such as backpacks, notebooks, writing materials and almost anything a school-aged child would need were donated.

“The Rancocas Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was pleased to support this important act of selfless giving in the local community,” said President Iraina Witherspoon. “Buying school supplies can be a huge burden on families, and anything we can do to unlock a student’s potential is worth it.”

Donations were primarily given by community stakeholders who represented a large and diverse population, including members of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Other contributors to the event included Senator Troy Singleton, Burlington County Commissioner Dan O’Connell, Superintendent of Willingboro Schools, Dr. Malcolm Outlaw, DSW, Bergen County Education Association and Willingboro School District administrators. Grace Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church and Building Kings & Queens, Inc. also made significant donations.

“Thank you for the opportunity for our organizations to serve our educational community,” said Pauline Gibson, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Delta Zeta Chapter. “We want to help unlock greater progress for all researchers. As an organization whose focus is on serving your project, help us stay honest and humble.

“Seeing the community support at the NJEA/Willingboro Education Association ‘Stuff the Bus’ event was both exciting and inspiring!” said Kecia Parham Cook. “The community of Divine 9 organizations were there to support and uplift our students in Willingboro schools. As a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., it has given me great joy to be in service and in solidarity for this great purpose. This event is the very essence of our mission, at the service of all humanity. I look forward to continuing the effort to uplift our communities! »

“It was an incredible event! A great turnout for a great cause,” said Khary Davis of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. “Nothing is more rewarding than supporting the kids in our community and helping them have everything they need. needed for a successful school year!

Willingboro Education Association President Sabrina Austin said, “As a union, we have been honored and blessed beyond measure to lead this event. Donations from an influx of community members, businesses and organizations made the day a meaningful day for the children and families of Willingboro. We, the Willingboro Education Association, are humbled and proud to represent this phenomenal organization and Stuff The Bus event. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the community. We called and they came.

What made this event so special were not only the significant donations, but also the overall contribution from the Willingboro community. A pack of pens donated by an unknown Acme buyer, school children who donated their own notebooks, and the many community stakeholders who came out to support the cause are just a few examples of the willingness to support the children of Willingboro.

There has been overwhelming support from many community stakeholders, including churches, school board members, fraternities, sororities, politicians, and members of the Willingboro public school community.

The WEA sends a huge thank you to the many employees of the Willingboro Public School who played an important role in making this event so special and who helped to ensure that the bus was full!

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