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Scotia-Glenville schools staff fills bus with donations for City Mission

Staff from Scotia-Glenville Schools fill a bus with donated gifts and wrapping supplies for Schenectady’s City Mission.

Staff from Scotia-Glenville Schools fill a bus with donated gifts and wrapping supplies for Schenectady’s City Mission. Photo by John Purcell.

— Class was out the day before Thanksgiving in Scotia-Glenville Central School District, but one bus was still running with a special set of passengers.

District staff on Wednesday, Nov. 21, filled a bus with donated gifts and wrapping supplies for the City Mission of Schenectady’s Holiday Toy Store. The event kicked off the Superintendent’s Conference Day activities for staff. Before programs started, City Mission Director Michael Saccocio talked about his work and how schools, governments and other agencies need to work together as the economy struggles to recover.

Maureen Long, director of Curriculum and Instruction for the district, said the idea for the toy drive started from the professional development committee. After asking Saccocio to talk to staff members, Long said the district wanted to know what it could do to help the City Mission.

“We do have an ongoing, longstanding relationship with the City Mission and a number of our student groups … do a lot of work with the City Mission,” Long said. “We decided we would like to a collect of toys and gifts and wrapping paper that could be donated, and as the discussion evolved we came up with the idea of filling a school bus with those donations.”

The district’s fall conference day usually takes place in late September, but this year it fell much closer to the holiday season. Long said this was the first time staff members participated in such a donation effort.

The committee debated on whether to fill a full-size bus or a smaller bus, and settled on the larger option. Donations ended up having to be piled on seats and on the floor.

“We were really pleasantly surprised with participation,” Long said. “I would say the bus was pretty full.”

She added the district could hold the event again next year considering the positive response.

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