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July 12, 2013

The School is Cool program, organized and managed by CSU employees, provides 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 22nd year, it continues to provide a valuable service to the community. PSD estimates there are more than 8,500 students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch-Price program – or approximately 32 percent of its student population. The free and reduced lunch figures are 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 attending school in Fort Collins, Wellington, Timnath, LaPorte, and the outlying mountain schools. 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.

Many ways to help

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. 

Department reps play an important role in the effort to assist all children in our community, and becoming a department/office/college representative will only involve a few hours of your time. You’ll learn about the program and receive materials and ideas for promoting School is Cool to co-workers and peers.

School is Cool Aug. 6-8

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.

Organizing activities will take place Aug. 6, assembly-line stuffing will be held Aug. 7 with deliveries to PSD schools taking place on Aug. 7-8. 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 Friday, Aug. 2 to have it count towards the 2013-14 school year.

Community support increases

In addition to our long-standing and generous support from the CSU Bookstore, support for School is Cool continues to grow. New this year, Hewlett-Packard has provided 650 HP 10s+ scientific calculators for middle school students. The 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 be dedicated to providing USB drives for middle and high school students.

‘Supply Our Students Week’

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. 4-10 in order to raise awareness of the need for school supplies and to encourage donations.

Support for thousands

Since 1992, School is Cool has provided free school supplies to more than 29,000 local students.

To support School is Cool, send your gift to:

School is Cool
Colorado State University Foundation
9100 Campus Delivery

You can also donate online.