With Santa behind the wheel of the lead bus, Pine-Richland students delivered four busloads of toys Friday morning to 96.1 KISS' Stuff-A-Bus collection point in Monroeville.
Mikey and Big Bob from 96.1's Morning Freak Show praised Pine-Richland schools for coming through every year with busloads of toys.
"It's really amazing what you guys do," one of the announcers said.
Ultimately, the toys are destined for the Marine Toys for Tots, which every year helps Santa deliver toys to needy children. KISS has been collecting toys since Monday in the Miracle Mile Shopping Center in Monroeville.
Pine-Richland High School senior J. Alexandra Brachoki organized the P-R effort, which outside in Gibsonia to collect toys.
From Tuesday through Thursday, donors could bring toys to the high school to donate.
Brachoki was beaming Friday morning as she and fellow students filled two Monark school buses with donations from . She then helped fill a third bus with toys from and needed to call in a fourth bus to pick up toy donations from .
"We filled four buses and beat our record of three and a half buses," said Brachoki, who said from the get-go that her goal was to beat the previous year's record.
She thanked , which provided the buses and whose drivers donated toys also.
Student government sponsor Caitlin Bogosta said this was the first year that the middle school had participated in Stuff A Bus.
Filling an entire bus meant each homeroom had filled a seat with its donations, she said.
"We're definitely doing it again next year," said Bogosta. "The kids get really excited hearing Pine-Richland's name on the radio."
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