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Students well prepared for a new school year

August 19, 2011

This year's School is Cool program filled more backpacks than ever - a record 2,674 backpacks were filled and delivered to make sure students had needed supplies to start the school year off right.

School is Cool co-founder Kathy Phifer (left), shares a light moment with longtime volunteers Colleen Rodriguez (right) and Colleen's son, Steven. Decades of service

In its 20th year, School is Cool continues to expand to provide valuable materials to school-aged children in the Poudre School District. The goal of 2,650 students was met and exceeded with the help of more than 130 volunteers during the height of the program’s activities Aug. 16-18.

Since 1992, School is Cool has provided free school supplies to more than 24,000 local students.

Each year, backpacks are filled with grade-level appropriate supplies such as notebooks, pens, rulers, crayons and erasers. Scientific calculators are included in all middle school backpacks.

Last year, 2,516 packs and bags were distributed to 46 Poudre School District elementary, middle school and high schools. Each school determines which students will receive the supplies based on need.

Our super volunteers

CSU 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.

The School is Cool program is generously supported by the Bohemian Foundation with assistance from the CSU Bookstore and Fort Collins community.

Support for School is Cool is welcome year round. Send gifts to: School is Cool, Colorado State University Foundation, 9100 Campus Delivery.

Online giving also is available.

More information about School is Cool.

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