Media Advisory: School is Cool Volunteers to Stuff Backpacks and Distribute School Supplies

For the 20th consecutive year, Colorado State University volunteers will stuff backpacks with school supplies for Poudre School District K-12 students. This year, the School is Cool program will distribute about 2,600 backpacks to students in need.

WHEN: Backpacks will be stuffed with school supplies 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Backpacks will be distributed to Poudre School District schools 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Colorado State President Tony Frank and former Governor Bill Ritter will attend Wednesday. Ritter, director of CSU’s Center for the New Energy Economy, will arrive at 10 a.m. Frank will stuff backpacks from 1:30-2 p.m.

WHERE: Johnson Hall, Room 222 on the Colorado State University campus. Johnson Hall is directly east of the Administration Building on East Drive.

DETAILS: More than 2,600 backpacks will be filled with pens, paper, folders and more for distribution to PSD schools. The filled backpacks will be delivered to principals and counselors at elementary, middle and high schools who determine the recipients. Families interested in obtaining School Is Cool supplies should contact their home school directly. Backpacks are not available through CSU. This year’s effort is supported by the Fort Collins-based Bohemian Foundation. Additional in-kind donations are provided by the CSU Bookstore. Since 1992, School is Cool has provided supplies to more than 24,000 local students.

CONTACT: For more details about School is Cool, visit or contact Tony Phifer at (970) 491-7712 or