San Antonio.- Broadway Bank has teamed up with Communities in Schools and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to together kick of the “Project Stuff the Bus” event taking place on Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Broadway Bank Main Banking Center, located at 1177 N.E. Loop, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
By Lucia Almanza
“We’re really excited about this project. We have teamed up for the first time to help young students in our community successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life,” said Jeannette Westbrook, senior vice president, community reinvestment officer at Broadway Bank. “Through these events we want to make a difference by helping get donated school supplies to the hands of our community children, especially during these tough economic times.”
The community school supply drive will provide local students of all ages with the school supplies they need to feel confident and to succeed in school. There is no admission fee and instead people will be asked to bring either a bag of school supplies or a cash donation.
“We invite everybody to come to the event or to any of our banking centers at 38 locations to drop off any school supplies. We will take anything, whatever people can afford to bring from pencils, pens, paper, folders and anything else,” said Westbrook.
“Project Stuff the Bus” has been very successful in the past and hopes to collect a whole lot more this year. Communities in Schools works with several districts to determine which schools need the most school supplies.
“We have an actual school bus that’s very neat. For the entire year it goes from branch to branch to get school supplies for the kids all year. We are supplying school supplies all year round. It’s not just a one-time thing, but this is the first time we’ve done it as a mixer so we’re really excited about that,” added Westbrook.
The event is also inviting the business community to increase the amount of supplies collected as well as bring awareness to the community about this project. One hundred percent of the donations received will be given back to San Antonio area children.
“The whole idea is to have the children be ready for school and walk into school with all of the school supplies they need. During these economic times, we know parents are struggling and sometimes can’t afford these supplies. Broadway Bank is excited to help these families and provide as many supplies as possible,” said Westbrook.
Giving back to the community through supporting educational events and programs is part of Broadway Bank’s legacy as established by its founder, Col. Charles Cheever. Continuing with this long-standing tradition, the emblematic school bus of “Project Stuff the Bus” will be parked in front of the bank to collect school supplies.