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CSU Bookstore is a long-time donor to School Is Cool

July 28, 2011

Although John Parry is the mastermind behind CSU Bookstore's participation in School Is Cool, he enjoys volunteering for other worthy causes. He's shown in the main-page photo encouraging people to take a toss at the dunk tank as a fundraiser for Cans Around the Oval in October 2010.

John Parry and staff from the CSU Bookstore have helped with School Is Cool since 1999.  It's all for the kids

Over the course of 20 years, hundreds of volunteers have donated time, money, effort, energy, and enthusiasm to help CSU’s School is Cool provide school supplies to less fortunate children in the Poudre School District.

This August, volunteers will be stuffing and distributing backpacks to 2,650 students. One key supporter of the School Is Cool program is John Parry, director of the CSU Bookstore and friend of the program since 1999. 

Following are Parry’s answers to questions about the CSU Bookstore’s participation in School Is Cool.

How did the Bookstore and staff become involved in School Is Cool?

The Bookstore became involved with the program because of how closely it fits with our core business. After becoming familiar with SIC and how it works, I volunteered to be on the committee with a promise of using Bookstore expertise to help the program in any way we could.

Why did you become interested in the program?

Most of the products that are provided to the program are products that are carried in the store, and all of them are available to us. It made sense for the Bookstore to use our resources and contacts to provide SIC with supplies.

As store director, I also wanted the Bookstore to be actively involved in the CSU community, and I thought this was a great program and a great opportunity. I also thought there would be vendors within our industry who would see the value of this program and who would step up to help us out.

What specifically does the Bookstore provide to School Is Cool?

Each year the Bookstore is able to secure donations for many products that are used for SIC. This includes backpacks, ring binders, spiral notebooks, erasers, folders, and other needed items. The donations have been worth thousands of dollars.

In addition, the Bookstore has been able to provide needed products at impressive discounts. The SIC committee is very aware of the quality of what is used, and we have been able to find great products at great discounts. As a result of discounts and donations, the basic SIC backpack still costs about $20 (although this year we have seen many increases in basic products).

Last year, SIC received more than $15,000 in discounts and donations.

The CSU Bookstore is owned and operated by CSU and returns all revenues to CSU for student programs and services.

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.

Organizing activities will take place this year on Aug. 16, stuffing will be held Aug. 17, and deliveries occur on Aug. 18. All activities are held at 222 Johnson Hall on the CSU main campus.  

How you can support School is Cool:

  • donate and sponsor one backpack;
  • shop for supplies on your own and donate them;
  • become a department representative; or
  • volunteer. 

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

To support School is Cool, send your gift to: School is Cool, Colorado State University Foundation, 9100 Campus Delivery. Online giving is also available.