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School is Cool distributes more than 2,400 backpacks to Poudre School District students

August 7, 2009

Several thousand students in the Poudre School District will benefit from the generosity of others as a result of this year's School is Cool program. Colorado State University employees, students, and community members volunteered their time earlier this week to organize and stuff backpacks and book bags with school supplies.

School is Cool 2009

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Tables and boxes full of school supplies are ready to be divided.

More than 200 volunteers begin to stuff over 2,400 packs and bags.

An assembly line of volunteers, including CSU employees, students, and community members, enjoy their work.

While it's a fun group project, it takes some talent to get the job done!

Packs and bags full of new school supplies are ready to be loaded onto the bus for distribution.

Team effort, including help from President Dr. Tony Frank, gets the supplies loaded onto the bus for delivery on Aug. 6.

The best part of volunteering is delivering the free, new school supplies to 45 area schools!

Amazing volunteers, support

All 2,422 packs and bags were distributed to schools Thursday. Each school determines which students will receive the supplies based on need. 

“This year, without fail, staff in every single school we stepped inside mentioned they’d already received calls inquiring about our backpacks - that’s a first,” said committee member Lauri Gail Jones.

More families in need

“Our program exhibits the good and bad in one fell swoop. In the 16 years I’ve participated in School is Cool, I’ve seen the volume of backpacks we provide increase dramatically. In our country, growth usually equates to success. Then it hits you that this many more families find themselves in need of assistance over the years to have basic things in life like school supplies for their children. That saddens me. But only for just a moment, because I consider we’re helping those families.”

45 local schools received deliveries

Backpacks filled with notebooks, pens, rulers, crayons and erasers were distributed to all 45 local elementary, middle school and high schools. For a second consecutive year, calculators were included in backpacks for all middle school students.

Since 1991, School is Cool has provided free school supplies to more than 21,000 local students. This year’s School is Cool program was aided by the efforts of more than 200 volunteers.

Hard work, late hours, continued generosity

“In the midst of a really difficult economic times, people were so supportive of School is Cool – both financially and with their time – we had more volunteers this year than I ever remember – volunteers who worked hard, stayed late, and were willing to do anything to help,“ said committee member Ann Randall. “We also keep expecting to see a sharp decline in donations due to the economic hardships; people are just amazing in their support of this effort.”

Donations keep program going

The School is Cool program is supported by a $7,500 grant from the Fort Collins-based Bohemian Foundation with assistance from the CSU Bookstore and members of the community.

Contact: Jim Beers
Phone: (970) 491-6401