Staff Council at Misericordia University celebrated Mercy Week 2017 by hosting its annual "Stuff the Bus" project to provide school supplies to students at Lake-Noxen Elementary School. The group was able to fill a small bus with a wide variety of school supplies, including backpacks, notebooks, binders, pencils, highlighters, crayons, glue, pocket folders, and decorations for the classroom.
The donations came from students, faculty and staff, as well as the Back Mountain community. Among the contributions were a dozen backpacks filled with supplies donated by the Misericordia University cheerleading team.
The Community Fiscal Committee of Staff Council, along with Lindsey Riddell, community outreach coordinator, organized the collection. Misericordia students later delivered the donations to the school as part of the service project.
"Stuff the Bus" is one of a number of events held annually in recognition of Mercy Week, celebrated Sept. 18-24. Mercy Week honors the Religious Sisters of Mercy, the founders of Misericordia University, who opened the doors to the institution of higher education on Sept. 24, 1924. Throughout Mercy Week, events on campus addressed the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, which include Earth sustainability, immigration, women and children, nonviolence and racism.
The Misericordia University campus community collected school supplies as part of the annual 'Stuff the Bus' project for Mercy Week. Participating in the drive, first row from left, are cheerleaders Gabriella LaManna, Hillsborough, N.J.; Carrie Kinney, Hunlock Creek, Pa.; Cori Aull, Newton, N.J.; Jackie McClintock, Muncy Valley, Pa.; Abrielle Garber, Hanover Twp., Pa., and Bailey Klein, Rocky Point, N.Y.; second row, Kristin Robinson, Harleysville, Pa.; Stephanie Monforte, Staten Island, N.Y.; Shannon Wittreich, Northampton, Pa.; Brittany Nastawa, Hudson, Pa.; Jenna Chilcote, Millville, Pa.; Samantha Olcott, Monroe Twp., N.J., and Olivia Cottle, Manheim, Pa.; third row, community fiscal committee members Leslie Risko, staff accountant; Georgia Young, administrative assistant, Campus Ministry; Kathy Zawatski, administrative assistant, Student Success Center; Christine Marks, assistant director, admissions; Elizabeth Pedro, technical administrator, information technology, and Sue Lazur, administrative assistant, Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.