Q. What kind of need exists in our community?

A. In 2015, the program donated 2,531 packs, but the need continues to grow. Current figures from Poudre School District indicate that of the approximately 27,000 students in the district, about 32 percent are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. That’s roughly 8,700 students throughout kindergarten through 12th grade. In today’s economy, your help has never been more crucial.

Q: What does $25 provide?

A: Backpacks are filled with an average of 13 items ranging from crayons to three-ring binders to paper products to scissors. We are very fortunate to partner with the Colorado State University Bookstore, as their contacts allow School is Cool to receive many donated items and we are able to buy in bulk at discounted prices. [view supply lists for each grade]

Q: How can I be sure that students are not taking advantage of multiple programs?

A: The School Is Cool packs are delivered directly to the school principals or counselors. We trust they know their student population and give to those students who need them most.

Q: Does every student need brand new items every year?

A: Some schools prefer to receive supplies without a backpack, which allows them to stretch your dollars and help more children. All the excess supplies we have each year are donated to PSD so educators have access to school supplies throughout the school year.