Stuff the Bus event was a great success

Dennis Blauser

Once again, the SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch communities stepped up big for the Oracle School District’s annual Stuff the Bus paper drive! On Saturday, August 18 the Oracle District visited the communities of SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch for its Stuff the Bus copy paper and school supply drive. As usual the awesome residents of the two communities came out in force to show their support. The drive was coordinated and run by the Oracle School District National Junior Society members and their sponsor Shannon Soule. Not only was there plenty of help from these remarkable students, the Sunshine Rotary Club and Oracle School District Governing Board members Jeri Taylor, Gary Terrell, Linda Lyon and Steve Brown were on hand to support our efforts. State Representative and SaddleBrooke resident Vince Leech also stopped by to encourage the kids and promote the drive. This year’s drive netted 160 reams of copy paper, several bags of school supplies and over $1000 in cash donations which will be used to purchase additional supplies and paper.

This Stuff the Bus paper drive is only one of the efforts that enable the district to provide a quality education to its students. The district also counts on tax credit donations which taxpayers give each year. These tax credits can be for $200 per person, reduce your state tax liability dollar-for-dollar and can be made until April 15 of the next year.

The Oracle Schools Foundation established in 2015, is another vehicle for providing the district the resources it needs. Because the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, donations to it are tax deductible on your federal taxes. The Foundation’s annual Gala is scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in SaddleBrooke One’s Vistas at SaddleBrooke Clubhouse. This year’s theme is “Champions helping Children.” Funds raised at the event will continue to be used to help provide preschool scholarships and also provide resources that support early childhood literacy. Details about the event and how to get tickets can be found at