YOUNGSTOWN — The four employee unions at Youngstown State University donated 12 boxes of school supplies for Youngstown City School District students.
Susanne Miller, former vice president of the Association of Professional and Administrative Staff, said the donation marks a first.
“This is the first time all four of the YSU unions have worked together on a service project, and we hope to collaborate again in the future,” she said in a news release. “We know times are tough in our community, and helping students — and teachers — in the Youngstown City Schools by providing basic school essentials keeps the focus on what’s really important: educating our youth. We’re happy to help start off the school year right.”
She delivered the boxes filled with notebooks, pens and pencils, boxes of tissues, markers, crayons and other items to the district’s teaching and learning department last week.
In addition to APAS, the other YSU unions are the YSU-Ohio Education Association, which represents YSU faculty, the Association of Classified Employees and the Fraternal Order of Police.
Justin Jennings, Youngstown City Schools’ CEO, said he’s grateful for the unions’ generosity.
“The beginning of the school year can be an expensive time for families,” he said. “We appreciate our friends and colleagues at YSU thinking of us and especially of our scholars and families.”
YCSD provides school supplies to students to start the year, but the donations will augment that, making sure that students have the supplies they need to get through the school year, the release states.