School is Cool is a community outreach effort managed and organized by CSU employees that provides backpacks and school supplies to K-12 students in Fort Collins, Wellington, Timnath and LaPorte, and to outlying mountain schools. Since 1992, School Is Cool has helped more than 34,000 children. Last year, the program assisted 2,516 students in 46 schools.
Demand is higher for supplies again this year
In 2014, the program donated 2,517 packs, but the need continues to grow. Even in the Fort Collins economy, support has never been more crucial. Current figures from Poudre School District indicate over 26,000 students are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program. That’s nearly 34 percent of all the students in grades kindergarten through 12.
A $25 donation provides a brand-new backpack filled with an average of 13 grade-appropriate school supplies.
Besides ensuring the students have the supplies they need, the program strives to build self-esteem – an important factor to academic success.
Donations are accepted throughout the year for this annual Colorado State University outreach project.