Nonprofit Supporting Education in San Antonio
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Back to Basics Project

Back to School Essentials

Each year, SA YES selects numerous Title 1 elementary schools in San Antonio and supplies every student (Kindergarten through 5th grade) with a free school supply kit. 

Since 1998, SA YES, CC YES and AUSTIN YES staff members, dedicated volunteers, Board members and sponsors have personally distributed more than 450,000 school supply kits to students and community groups in South Texas, making them the largest distributor of supplies for elementary students.

Each school supply kits includes the following items: colored pencils, crayons, notebook paper, spiral notebook, big eraser, glue stick, folders with pockets, folders with pockets and brads, a ruler, pencils, ballpoint pens in black and red, and a box of tissues.

In 2017, SA YES received funding to expand their services to the Coastal area and CC YES was born. Since then, CC YES has distributed more than 21,500 school supply kits to elementary students in Corpus Christi ISD, Sinton ISD and Rockport ISD. To learn more about CC YES, click here.

In 2018, SA YES received funding to expand their services to the Austin area and AUSTIN YES was born. Since then, AUSTIN YES has distributed more than 18,500 school supply kits to elementary students in Del Valle ISD and AUSTIN ISD. To learn more about AUSTIN YES, click here.

How are we continuing our services during COVID-19?

2020 proved to be a challenging year but we were not going to let COVID-19 stop our mission of getting free school supplies to selected schools in our communities. We worked closely with our vendor and the schools to have all school supply kits delivered in time for students to receive them. This was our first year not personally handing out supplies and although we were disappointed about this, it was best to ensure that students, teachers, and our staff remained safe.

As we continue to move forward in 2021, we will work closely with selected schools to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff. 

We appreciate the continued support from our sponsors and individual donors who have enabled us to continue to support as many students as possible.

Looking to Donate Supplies?

Each year we raise funds through events and work with a supplier to get the best price possible for our school supply kits. We do not have the capacity to collect and/or store donated supplies, nor do we allow community members or organizations to collect supplies on behalf of SA YES.

If you are looking to donate supplies, please reach out to one of the following organizations.

Communities in School (210) 520-8440

San Antonio Food Bank (210) 337-3663

SA Threads (210) 600-3989

Thomas J Henry and children
Olaf and little girl

To view previous “Distribution Days”, click each link below.

2019 Distribution Day

2018 Distribution Day

2017 Distribution Day

2016 Distribution Day

Schools and Organizations We’re Serving in 2021

Adams Elementary 
Bellaire Elementary 
Carroll Bell Elementary 
Collier Elementary 
Columbia Heights Elementary 
E. High Gilbert Elementary 
Gillette Elementary 
H.W. Schulze Elementary 
Morrill Elementary 
Rayburn Elementary 
Stonewall-Flanders Elementary
Vestal Elementary 
Wright Elementary 
Frank Madla Elementary 
Athens Elementary 
Five Palms Elementary
Hutchins Elementary 
Kindred Elementary
Miguel Carrillo Jr. Elementary

Neil Armstrong Elementary
Palo Alto Elementary
Price Elementary
Roy Benavidez Elementary 
Loma Park Elementary
Las Palmas Elementary 
Perales Elementary 
Roosevelt Elementary
Winston Elementary
Roy Cisneros Elementary 
Gardendale Elementary 
L.B. Johnson Elementary 
Stafford Elementary 
H.B. Gonzalez Elementary 
Charles C. Ball Elementary 
Douglass Elementary
Charles Graebner Elementary
Advanced Learning Academy
Franklin Elementary

Maverick Elementary
JT Brackenridge Elementary
Japhet Academy
Storm Elementary
Douglass Elementary
Ball Academy
Highland Park Elementary
Charles Graebner Elementary
Advanced Learning Academy
Franklin Elementary
Maverick Elementary
Jubilee Westwood
Promesa Academy
Harmony School of Innovation San Antonio


Upbring Foster In Texas
Centers for Children and Families – Post Adopt
Salvation Army
SA Threads
ChildSafe

Thank you to our 2021 School Supply Sponsors!

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