June 25, 2012
For more than two decades, the School is Cool program has provided supplies to local school-aged children in the Poudre School District to make sure they have the tools needed to start the school year off right.
As School is Cool enters its 21st year, it continues to provide a valuable service to the community. Poudre School District estimates there are more than 8,000 students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch-Price program, a commonly used metric to quantify the number of low-income students in the district, and the number continues to increase from year-to-year.
This year, the goal of School is Cool is to help 2,500 students. Each school determines which students will receive the supplies based on need. Families interested in obtaining School is Cool supplies should contact their children’s schools directly. Backpacks are not available for pickup at or through CSU.
There are numerous ways to support School is Cool: donate and sponsor one backpack; shop for supplies on your own and donate them; become a department representative; or volunteer.
Volunteering to become a department/office/college representative will only involve a few hours of your time to assist children in our community. You’ll learn about the program and receive materials and ideas for promoting School is Cool to co-workers and peers.
Department representatives should attend an informational meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, July 9 in room 213-215 Lory Student Center.
Colorado State University employees and community members volunteer their time to organize and stuff backpacks and book bags. The filled backpacks are then delivered to each school requesting supplies.
Organizing activities will take place Aug. 7, assembly-line stuffing will be held Aug. 8 with deliveries to PSD schools taking place on Aug. 8-9. All activities are held at 222 Johnson Hall.
Backpacks and book bags are filled with grade-level appropriate supplies such as notebooks, pens, rulers, crayons and erasers. Scientific calculators are included in all middle school backpacks.
School supplies are purchased in high volume, which means the average cost to fill one backpack is $25, including the bag. Although donations are accepted year-round, please give by Aug. 3 to have it count towards the 2012-13 school year.
The School is Cool program is supported by an $8,500 grant from the Fort Collins-based Bohemian Foundation and its Pharos Fund, a grant program that seeks to enable youth to become productive members of society. Additional assistance comes from the CSU Bookstore and members of the community.
School is Cool is joining forces with other community groups to ensure all PSD students have the necessary school supplies. “Supply Our Students” is a collaborative effort of Colorado State University, Poudre School District, Volunteers of America, OtterCares Foundation, Concerned Larimer and Realities for Children. The groups will promote a “Supply Our Students Week” from Aug. 6-10 in order to raise awareness of the need for school supplies and to encourage donations.
Since 1992, School is Cool has provided free school supplies to more than 26,000 local students.
To support School is Cool, send your gift to:
School is Cool
Colorado State University Foundation
9100 Campus Delivery
Or donate online.