School is Cool, a CSU employee-instituted program, provides backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies to less-fortunate kids in Poudre School District school. Now in its 27th year, School is Cool has provided more than 43,000 backpacks since the program began in 1992, giving students the tools they need to excel academically.
Each year, however, the need grows. Poudre School District officials estimate that more than 8,500 students – nearly 30 percent of all students in the district – are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
You can help in a variety of ways:
- Donate money to support the program. All gifts make a difference, but $25 provides a backpack and all the supplies students in grades K-12 need to succeed.
- Volunteer. When you’re filling 2,500 backpacks it takes a lot of volunteers to get the job done, with tasks such as supply organization, backpack stuffing and delivery to the schools. CSU employees can use administrative of VIPS leave when they volunteer.
- Donate supplies. School is Cool accepts donations of new backpacks and high-quality supplies. Bring filled backpacks to Johnson Hall Room 222 on Aug. 8 before 3 p.m.
You can also support School is Cool through a new crowd-funding initiative.
Donations are accepted year-round, but the deadline to impact students for the 2018-19 school year is Aug. 3. Backpacks will be filled and delivered from Aug. 7-9.