San Antonio, TX. – August 7, 2021 – A new school year is just a couple of weeks away and Communities In Schools of San Antonio (CIS-SA) and H-E-B are teaming up to ensure students go back to school and back into school buildings for in person lessons with all the supplies they need regardless of their economic situation. Based on the 2019 Huntington’s 13th Annual Backpack Index, parents can expect to pay from $1,017 – $1,668 per child depending if the student is in elementary, middle or high school. These expenses not only include the cost for school supplies but also expenses for technology, extracurricular fees, and college-prep materials. With thousands of families living at or below the poverty line across San Antonio, students should not have to worry about the financial expectation of school supplies for class.
For this reason, the CIS Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive raises awareness about the needs from local students and what the community can do to help them return to class with all the supplies they need to be successful. The campaign concludes on Saturday, August 7 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with a community-wide drive at all San Antonio H-E-B stores. Communities In Schools staff, wearing bright yellow tee shirts, will be at thirty-four H-E-B stores collecting supplies and other stores will have large yellow Stuff The Bus barrels displayed at the entrance doors to collect donations. Communities In Schools and H-E-B invite the community to this one-day event where they can make a big difference for students with small donations such as binders, composition books, colored pencils and clear backpacks.
“Each year the need for school supplies continues to increase and this year is not an exception,” said Melissa Kazen, Executive Vice President of Communities In Schools of San Antonio. “The demand for our services has surged for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. As a result, we plan to be in over 150 schools allowing us to serve over even more students. This is substantial growth our agency has never seen and our Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive is critical for us to provide basic needs for our students as they start their new school year.”
From now until August 31, the community can also donate directly to the Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive through our virtual fundraiser at stuffthebus.cissa.org.
About Communities In Schools of San Antonio & the CIS-SA Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside nearly 150 schools across 12 districts during the 2021-2022 school year, CIS connects kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. And, in partnership with local communities, CIS does whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.
For over 20 years, Communities In Schools’ Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive is essential for the families they serve. Many of their families are below the poverty line and with increasing costs of supplies, many families cannot afford to provide their children with all the supplies they need to start their school year. The CIS-SA Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive alleviates the stress of back-to-school expenses and allows students to focus on school with the tools they need on their first day back to class.
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H-E-B, with sales of $32 billion, operates more than 420 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 116th anniversary this year. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience and lowest prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs over 137,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit HEB.com and HEB.com/newsroom.
Contact: Melissa Kazen | firstname.lastname@example.org | 210.865.3281