48 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • AUGUST 2019
ACTS OF KINDNESS
HELPING KIDS SUCCEED
While many Long Islanders are
vacationing in August, volunteers
with the United Way of Long Island’s
Stuff-A-Bus Program will be gathering
school supplies that they’ll donate
to needy local students in September.
The initiative, now in its 11th year,
aims to help more than 7,000 low-income
students succeed by giving
them the critical gear they need, including
pencils, markers, notebooks,
rulers, and backpacks. Volunteers
will donate the supplies on Sept. 11
— Community Service Day — to students
in 12 schools across 10 districts.
“Stuff-A-Bus is an incredibly important
program that directly impacts
young students’ success in the
classroom,” said United Way of Long
Island President and CEO Theresa A.
Regnante. “It provides a confidence
boost and motivation to learn for
children whose families may not be
able to afford new notebooks or other
needed school supplies.”
Since 2008, Stuff-A-Bus has helped
deliver 850,000 items to more than
35,000 children. The 10 districts in
which students will receive the donations
are Brentwood, Central Islip,
Copiague, Freeport, Huntington,
Longwood, Roosevelt, South Country,
South Huntington, and Wyandanch.
“The students here at Loretta Park Elementary
School are so grateful to be
recipients of United Way of Long Island’s
Stuff-A-Bus program,” said Bob
McCarthy, principal of Loretta Park
Elementary School in Brentwood,
the community where the program
started. “They always anticipate the
arrival of the bus and they can’t wait
to unpack all their new things and get
started using them.”
Sponsors of the program include
Suffolk Transportation Service Inc.,
Huntington Coach, LLC, East End
Bus Lines, Baumann Bus Company,
Educational Bus Transportation, Inc.,
Long Island Nets, The Boxery, Village
Office Supply, and National Grid.
“I could have never imagined that
Stuff-A-Bus would have this tremendous
impact when we started 11 years
ago,” said Suffolk Transportation Service,
Inc. President John Corrado. “I am
incredibly proud to have been part of
this program from the start, and to see
all the lives that have been touched by
something as small as a pencil.”
To learn more about Stuff-A-Bus,
The Stuff-A-Bus program returns to help needy kids this fall.
Local Leaders, College President Celebrated
at 2019 OWCF Leadership Awards
The Board of Trustees of the Old Westbury College Foundation was proud to honor
recently distinguished local residents and graduates of the State University of New York
at Old Westbury along with the college’s president, Calvin O. Butts, III, during the 2019
Old Westbury College Foundation Leadership Awards Dinner.
More than 500 guests were in attendance to support the not-for-profit organization
and its efforts to raise funds for student scholarships and other programs of SUNY Old
The OWCF Leadership Awards honor those who enrich the Long Island community in
distinctive ways — economically, scientifically, culturally, intellectually and socially — and
whose efforts, taken together, are helping to advance the Long Island Region.
OWCF Leadership Awards were presented to Ravi Bhooplapur, president of Xavier
University School of Medicine; Laura Anker, distinguished service professor and director
of first year experience at SUNY Old Westbury; and Lionel Chitty, a 2002 graduate of
the college and current president of the Alumni Association of SUNY Old Westbury.
The affair also honored SUNY Old Westbury President Calvin O. Butts, III for his 20
years of service to the College and all of Long Island.
More details on the 2019 Leadership Awards Dinner and the Old Westbury College
Foundation itself can be found at www.oldwestbury.edu/owcf.
2019 OWCF Honorees Butts, Anker, Chitty and Bhooplapur
SUNY Old Westbury Senior Kristelle Pierre