KENS CARES: Fill the bus with school supplies this summer to help children succeed


Your donations help thousands of local students in the San Antonio area get the school supplies they need to succeed in school.

SAN ANTONIO — Help provide thousands of underserved students with the school supplies they need to succeed in school!

the fill the bus A campaign is underway to collect school supplies for children in need in and around San Antonio. Communities in schoolsin partnership with KENS 5 and HEB, is the non-profit organization behind this campaign. For over 30 years, they have helped connect students and their families from needed resources such as school supplies and school uniforms to newer resources such as counseling and emotional support.

Thanks to the efforts of many community supporters, thousands of local students are getting the tools they need to succeed. School supplies are available to all students year-round at more than 150 school campuses served by Communities in Schools of San Antonio.

Here’s how you can help Communities in Schools reach their goal of $225,000 for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Click here to donate securely online until August 31
  • Donate school supplies or make a monetary donation at HEB stores until August 17
  • Call the KENS 5 telephone bank at 210-377-8100 Thursday, August 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to make a donation
  • Participate in Stuff the Bus Day events at participating HEB stores on Saturday, August 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many community-supporting businesses, like HEB, are opening their doors to accept school supplies for the campaign throughout the summer. The big collection event, Stuff The Bus Day, is taking place at 35 participating HEB locations in San Antonio and New Braunfels on Saturday, August 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The most needed items are:

  • Binders (2″ & 3″)
  • Glue stick
  • Composition notebooks
  • Shirts (with brads & pockets)
  • Pens & pencils
  • Dividers (5 & 8 subjects)
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Backpacks (preferably clear or mesh)
  • Colouring pencils
  • Erasers
  • Sharpener
  • Files
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil cases
  • Plastic school boxes

We greatly appreciate your support in helping underserved students start their school year with all the tools they need to be successful and confident.

KENS Cares is a partnership between KENS 5 and our sponsor Methodist Healthcare. When it comes to community, KENS Cares!

ABOUT COMMUNITIES IN SAN ANTONIO SCHOOLS (CIS-SA): Working directly in 150 schools in 12 school districts, Communities In Schools builds relationships that keep students in school and succeeding in life. Their school staff partners with teachers to identify challenges students face in the classroom or at home and coordinates with community partners to bring outside resources inside schools. From immediate needs like food or clothing to more complex needs like guidance or emotional support to help students succeed.

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