Communities In Schools of South Central Texas will hold their annual Pack the Bus school supply drive on Saturday, August 5th. As a community service, CIS provides new school supplies to well over a thousand students throughout the school year. Each year, the demand for this program becomes greater with the growth of our community. CIS needs everyone’s help to make sure that every child in our community walks into their classroom prepared and confident.
School buses will be parked at H-E-Bs in Bulverde, Schertz and all three New Braunfels locations. CIS staff, alumni, board members and volunteers will be there to take donations of schools supplies and monetary donation and provide program information. Donations collected will be distributed by CIS to campuses and made available to any student that needs help with school supplies. These school supplies are also made available throughout the year as needed. As a champion sponsor of the event, H-E-B stores also have the tear-pad donations at their checkstands that are available for the next few weeks. Donations will also be accepted at the CIS office at 161 S. Castell Ave in New Braunfels.
Preparing for a new school year is an exciting time, however for many families it can be financially stressful. “I wonder if there is any one thing that evokes memories of childhood more than getting school supplies,” said Chris Douglas, CEO of Communities In Schools of South Central Texas. “I know I sure remember putting my name on all those things before going to the first day of school and feeling so ready to learn because I had all my tools. This is the same feeling we need to help all students have, by providing them with the self-confidence that having the tools for learning will give them. We are so appreciative of our community for coming together to make this possible for thousands of kids in Comal County.”
Items that are most needed include: 1” & 2” binders, large and small backpacks, wide ruled composition books, low-odor dry erase markers, plastic and regular folders with brad and pockets, binder divider tabs, washable markers, highlighters, fiskar scissors, colored (map) pencils, pencil bags (with reinforcements), pencil boxes, watercolors, construction paper and manila paper.
Throughout the month of July the following local business/organizations have been collecting sites for school supplies donations – Broadway Bank (New Braunfels and Spring Branch locations), Brighter Futures Learning Center (Schertz), Buffalo Wings & Rings, Canyon Lake Presbyterian, Caterpillar, Chase Bank (downtown location) City of Garden Ridge, Chase Bank (downtown location), Club Pilates, Comal Pet Hospital, Fiesta Lanes, First Commercial Bank (New Braunfels locations), First United Methodist Church, Fresh Healthy Café, Gruene Harley Davidson, GVTC Foundation, Harland Clarke, HD Supply, Hunter Industries, Landa Park Aquatics Complex, Lucky Studio, McKenna Children’s Museum, New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, New Braunfels YMCA, New Braunfels Public Library, Oakwood Church, Reliance Residential Realty, Resolute Health, Rose Chiropractic, Shop Around the Corner, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church, Treetop Pediatric Dentistry, Trihydro Corporation, Two Rivers Yoga, and Ty Preston Memorial Library