Help Communities in Schools "Stuff the Bus"

Once again, Communities in Schools, joined by corporate partners and nonprofit agencies, will Stuff the Bus with school supplies and school uniforms for kids in Bexar County.

The long-running yearly project by Communities in Schools began July 25 and runs through Aug. 22. About 1,200 volunteers will be out across the city collecting school supplies Aug 6.

HEB Grocery Stores, a new partner this year, has provided tear-off donation pages at 50 participating HEB stores which shoppers can use to make cash donations to the project through Aug. 22.

These school supplies help families who have to choose between food for the table, paying their bills, getting medication and budgeting for school supplies. The supplies and uniforms collected will help their children start school with the tools they need to have a successful year of learning.

According to a 2009 news article in the San Antonio Express News, there were 6,222 homeless children in the 2007-08 school year. The report also noted that San Antonio area school districts reported more homeless children in their schools by October 2009, than in the previous school year altogether.

When volunteers begin collecting school supplies on Aug. 6, HEB will provide space for donation stations  at their 50 stores.

Donations can also be dropped off any any Broadway Bank or Eisenhower Bank location the same day.

Through Aug. 5, anyone donating at least three school supply items at any San Antonio Starbucks will receive a free brewed coffee or iced tea.

Small business owners who want to make a donation through their business can by bringing donations to any location Aug. 6. They can label the supplies after purchase to ensure their company receives credit for the donation.

So start purchasing those tear-offs and taking supplies to Starbucks. On Aug. 6, go grocery shopping and add a few school supplies to the list. Your generosity will provide a boost to the education of San Antonio children in need of a little help.

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