Thanksgiving tradition: South Portland, Scarborough students stuff the bus

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As South Portland High School student Tanner Hyland hoists a box into the bus, Scarborough Middle School students Mason Parks, left, and Parker Seekamp keep a grip on donations to the seventh annual Stuff the Big Bus benefit at Scarborough Middle School. Led by WYNZ disc jockey Chuck Igo, the bus visited area schools Monday, took donations at Hannaford Bros. stores Tuesday and Wednesday, and delivered donations Wednesday to Preble Street in Portland.

Erin McKeown, left, and Grace Murphy muscle up some meals as they help Stuff the Big Bus on Monday at Scarborough Middle School. The annual benefit to help Preble Street in Portland began with a stop at the middle school, where students collected about 1,500 nonperishable food items. The bus, staffed by South Portland and University of Southern Maine students, along with staff from Preble Street and radio station WYNZ, stopped at schools in Scarborough, Portland and South Portland on Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, donations were accepted at Hannaford Bros. stores in Portland and South Portland, and everything was delivered to Preble Street on Wednesday.

South Portland High School student Tanner Hyland takes donations by the box and bag from Wentworth Intermediate School fifth-grader Lily Jennings Monday in Scarborough.