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School is Cool; show up to be a department rep

July 8, 2013

The School is Cool program, organized and managed by Colorado State University 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.

Volunteer to become a department/office/college representative. 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.

Wednesday meeting

Department representatives are asked to attend an informational meeting from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in the Campus Recreation Center, lower conference room (Room 1090). You’ll learn about the program and receive materials and ideas for promoting School is Cool to co-workers and peers.

School is Cool is Aug. 6-8

There are numerous other ways to support School is Cool: donate and sponsor one backpack; shop for supplies on your own and donate them; or volunteer to stuff and deliver backpacks. 

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.  

Support for thousands

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 the Fort Collins area. 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.

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

or donate online.