Staff members, faculty and the entire student body of Woodland Middle School joined together on May 16 to fill a full-sized school bus with basic household necessities for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
The fundraiser, known as Stuff-the-Bus, was spearheaded by the school’s National Junior Honor Society, which decided at the beginning of the school year to focus the school’s collective efforts on benefiting one charity. Woodland’s service clubs and organizations responded by donating within a specific category of need, such as cleaning supplies, disposable products or pantry items. The clubs held individual fundraisers to collect the necessities or to raise funds to purchase the products themselves. Parents, faculty and community members also contributed by dropping off donations in the school lobby’s collection bin throughout the year.
On a bright and sunny Tuesday morning, the middle school’s students, faculty and administrators gathered in front of the building to load the bus, working in assembly line fashion to fill the seats and aisle with paper goods, cleaning supplies, bedding and nonperishable food items, among other sundry products. Once it had been filled, 30 students from the service clubs followed the packed-out bus to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park, where they unloaded the massive donation.
The district extends a special thank-you to all donors and to the Guardian Bus Company for graciously providing their services.