Concert Benefits School is Cool, Colorado State University’s School Supply Drive for Local Children

Vintage Winds, a local surf and classic rock band, will hold a benefit concert for Colorado State University’s School Is Cool project from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, in Old Town Square.

At the concert, attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to School Is Cool. School Is Cool, which celebrated its 15th year this fall, is organized and managed by university employees to provide school supplies to Poudre School District elementary and junior high school students with supplies and monetary donations from the community.

The organization, which is run by volunteers, gave 1,753 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students this year. Backpacks are filled with school supplies designated for specific grade levels and then delivered to the principals or counselors at the schools. They, in turn, discreetly distribute the backpacks to those students in need.

For just $20, donors can help make a local student’s educational experience more successful. This amount will sponsor a backpack filled with school supplies specifically designated for that student’s grade level.

Vintage Winds includes Colorado State University employees Gene Lewis, College of Business, on drums; Ed Peyronnin, College of Agricultural Sciences, on guitar; Al Powell, Continuing Education, on bass; and Gebhart BMW-Boulder employee Mark Williams, also on guitar.

The band, which has played in and around Fort Collins for a number of years, re-formed after a two-year break with most of the original personnel and the addition of a bass player.