School is Cool – Stuffing backpacks, providing supplies to PSD

Want to make a difference in a student’s life? Volunteer for School is Cool.

Since 1992, School is Cool has provided free school supplies to more than 34,000 local students. Organized and managed by CSU employees, the program provides supplies to students in the Poudre School District to make sure they have the tools needed to start the school year off right.

This year, the goal of School is Cool is to help 2,500 students attending school in Fort Collins, Wellington, Timnath, LaPorte and the outlying mountain schools. Last year, the program provided supplies to 2,516 students. Each school determines which students will receive the supplies based on need. Families interested in obtaining School is Cool supplies should contact their student’s school directly. Backpacks are not available for pickup at or through CSU.

Colorado State University School Is Cool volunteers stuff backpacks with school supplies for Poudre School District students. August 6, 2014.
Colorado State University School Is Cool volunteers stuff backpacks with school supplies for Poudre School District students. August 6, 2014.

Looking to volunteer?

CSU employees and community members can 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. 11, assembly-line stuffing will be held Aug. 12 with deliveries to PSD schools taking place on Aug. 12-13. All activities are held at 222 Johnson Hall.

New backpacks and book bags are filled with grade-level appropriate supplies such as notebooks, pens, rulers, crayons and erasers. Scientific calculators and flash drives 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 Wednesday, Aug. 5 to have it count towards the 2015-16 school year.

Community involvement

In addition to our long-standing and generous support from the CSU Bookstore, support for School is Cool continues to grow. This year, CostCo will provide several hundred backpacks, and Hewlett-Packard will again provide HP 10s+ scientific calculators for middle school studentsThe School is Cool program is also 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. The funds will go towards the purchase of technology-related items like USB drives.

To support School is Cool online or send your gift to:

School is Cool
Colorado State University Foundation
9100 Campus Delivery

CSU University Communications Staff