Summer Business Institute students and staff pose in front of Shabazz Public School Academy in Lansing before delivering school supplies to Shabazz students.

Lansing, Michigan – September 7, 2012 –After “stuffing the bus” with new school supplies, 22 MSU freshmen will be delivered them to the students at the Shabazz Public School Academy in Lansing on Friday, September 7th.

The MSU students, who took part in the Multicultural Business Programs Summer Business Institute (SBI) in July, collected over $300 worth of school supplies during their “Stuff the Bus!” community service event for Shabazz Public School Academy students. This year the program received the Richard J. Lewis Quality of Excellence Award from the Eli Broad College of Business.

“Before we even walked in the building, a parent thanked us for coming and helping out the students of Shabazz. As we walked into the school, we saw tons of young students anxiously awaiting our presentation,” said Jon Wallace, marketing freshman.

“Stuff The Bus was an amazing experience. The way the children got so excited about school supplies really made me think about how much stuff we take for granted. It also reminded me of the times when something as simple as a box of color pencils or crayons could brighten my day,” said Lisa Crite, general management freshman.

In the last eleven years, the “Stuff the Bus!” event has purchased over $5000 in school supplies. The supplies have been donated to the Lansing Public Schools, Red Cedar Elementary in East Lansing and New City Academy in Lansing. This is the seventh year the supplies will be donated to Shabazz Public School Academy. The program received the MSU Department of Student Life Outstanding Civic Responsibility Program award in 2010.

At SBI, students are assigned to teams for group projects, including community service. Each student donated school supplies, worked with their team to decorate boxes to store the supplies and presented a team report about the value of community service. The boxes have inspirational themes such as “Unite! Believe! Achieve!”; “Road to success” and “Shoot for the moon!”

“It is a powerful time during the Summer Business Institute. It gives students a chance to reflect on the heroes who helped them overcome obstacles and become successful. Now they have a chance to be a hero to a child in the Lansing community. Stuff the Bus completes the circle of support,” said Anne Crain, Multicultural Business Programs coordinator.

The annual visit to Shabazz Public School Academy is a chance for the MSU freshmen to connect with students in the Lansing community. The MSU students enjoy spending time with the Shabazz students and learning about the school’s unique philosophy and approach to education. “It is our hope that today’s Shabazz student will be tomorrow’s MSU student,” said Dr. Darrell King, Multicultural Business Programs Senior Associate Director.

Following the Summer Business Institute’s lead, the Stuff the Bus community service program has been expanded to a university wide initiative called Fill the Bus as part of the 2012 Fall Welcome.

SBI is designed for incoming freshmen business majors at MSU. The program provides academic seminars, corporate workshops and other learning experiences for freshmen in order to prepare them for success.

SBI participants also sponsor an art and writing contest for the Shabazz Academy that award two first place $50 gift certificates and two second place $25 gift certificates for their pieces expressing the importance of education.