Today is the Deadline for Contributing to School is Cool

Colorado State University’s annual “School is Cool” program to benefit Fort Collins-area students is in its final week of collecting supplies and donations for 2,500 backpacks that will be distributed this week. The deadline for accepting donations is Monday, Aug. 3. Checks, made payable to “School is Cool”, can be mailed to the CSU Foundation, 410 University Services Center, Campus Delivery 9100, 601 Howes Street, Fort Collins, CO 80523. Online contributions can be made at CSU employees can also support the program through payroll deduction.

Supplies are purchased in high volume, thus a donation of $20 will fill a backpack with $35-$40 worth of supplies, including about a dozen items ranging from crayons to three-ring binders to papers products to scissors.

School is Cool is in need of volunteers to stuff backpacks and deliver the filled backs. Organizing and filling the backpacks will take place Aug. 4 and 5 at the Livestock Judging Pavilion on the CSU campus. The Pavilion is located just south of the Animal Sciences Building and directly east of the Microbiology Building. The filled backpacks will be distributed to schools Aug. 6. To volunteer, contact Katherine Wright at 491-0006 or

The program, now in its 18th year, is organized and managed by a group of CSU employees who volunteer their time to provide backpacks filled with much-needed school supplies to less-fortunate elementary, middle and high school students in the Poudre School District. School principals and counselors determine the recipients.

School is Cool, which has assisted more than 18,700 local students since its inception, is supported by a grant from the Bohemian Foundation and assistance from the CSU Bookstore.

For more information, contact Kathy Phifer at 491-6561 or or Jim Beers at 491-6401 or