Stuff The Bus Gears Up

By Jano Tantongco

jtantongco@longislandergroup.com 

Huntington High School students are pictured last year with the donations collected through the school’s annual Stuff The Bus campaign. This year’s campaign is currently gearing up.

Huntington High School students are pictured last year with the donations collected through the school’s annual Stuff The Bus campaign. This year’s campaign is currently gearing up.

Huntington High School’s annual Stuff The Bus community service campaign is in high gear as students are beginning their collection of non-perishable items for the less fortunate.

The campaign will accept donations through March 24. Collection boxes are being placed across all eight school district buildings. The bus will then be loaded with the goods on March 25 and will make its way around town to local food pantries, where they will be unloaded and stocked.

Fred Bisogno, a faculty advisor for the program, said that residents can expect to see students standing outside supermarkets to ask them to donate goods for the cause.

“We have already started to collect items in room 213 at the high school,” Bisogno, who teaches in the room where the items are being stored, stated. “We are looking forward to working with many other clubs at the high school, including Interact, Key Club and the Young Leaders organization.”

Students will be on hand collecting donations this Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at King Kullen on 50 New York Ave. and on Feb. 11 at the Huntington village Stop and Shop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Our local supermarkets are the backbone to making this food drive as successful as it has been,” Bisogno stated. “The students did an unbelievable job collecting over 40 grocery carts worth of food.”

The initiative is being spearheaded by the school’s student government, with representatives in each grade level.

Those seeking to donate can drop off items at the reception desk inside the high school’s main entrance. Contact Bisogno at fbisogno@hufsd.edu or Anthony Troffa at atroffa@hufsd.edu for additional information or to get involved.