Once upon a time, I spent much of August shopping for crayons, glue sticks, markers, and folders adorned with cuddly kitty cats. New lunch boxes and backpacks, often featuring felt ears and googly eyes, were highlights of the shopping trips. This August, we are shopping for graph paper, book covers, flash drives, and a scientific calculator. For backpacks, the cute factor is no longer an issue. Now, it just has to be a cool color and be large enough to haul around a multitude of 5 pound hardcover tomes.
Of course, this shopping spree does not come cheap. For one eighth grader, we spent a whopping $97.83. This number does not even include the backpack, as the perfect color and size continues to elude us. Fortunately, we are not in a situation where this expense cuts into our food budget, house payment, or utility bills. Our bills will be paid on time and in full, and our family will eat, drink, and be merry as usual. Unfortunately, there are many families that struggle to absorb such an expense. For them, donation programs are essential.
In response to this need, Poudre School District and a variety of community partners have designated August 4th through 10th as “Supply Our Students Week” to raise awareness and encourage donations. If you would like to donate school supplies, here are a few options:
- Drop off supplies at the Teacher’s Closet in the PSD Partnership Center. This is located at 1630 South Stover Street and donations are accepted year round.
- Donate online to School is Cool. A $25.00 donation will provide one backpack filled with school supplies.
- Donate a backpack or supplies to Realities for Children. They have several drop off locations listed on their website here.
- Look for Supply Our Students drop boxes at local churches, Walgreens, and other stores throughout town. Donations will then be delivered to the Teacher’s Closet.
- To help beyond the Fort Collins community, donate online to the Kids in Need Foundation.