Poudre School District thanks the many Fort Collins’ organizations, businesses and individuals who contributed to the 2012 school supply drive for PSD students in need.
“The efforts of the community this year have been amazing,” said Cyndi Gile, PSD volunteer coordinator. “The contribution of new school supplies has helped many students arrive prepared for the start of the school year.”
Several community groups joined forces this summer, gathering donations of school supplies, to ensure all PSD students, especially the 8,400 students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program, have the necessary supplies to help them be successful academically this school year.
The school supply drive was a collaborative effort between PSD Partnerships and Volunteer Center, Volunteers of America, Colorado State University, the OtterCares Foundation, Concerned Larimer and Realities for Children. Additionally, many local businesses and organizations pitched-in to help support PSD students and teachers.
Some specific efforts include:
• Colorado State University’s School is Cool distributed 2,554 backpacks.
• OtterCares Foundation - Pack2School event distributed 1,800 backpacks.
• Realities for Children, collected donations and distributed 578 backpacks.
• LSI and Intel brought in carts and a truck full of school supplies. Intel also held a snack drive for schools. LSI also donated 35 Texas Instrument scientific calculators.
• Advanced Energy held their yearly school supply drive and brought in eight packs filled with supplies.
• Front Range Business Centers donated supplies collected at their yearly drive.
• The Nvidia Corporation donated school kits.
• Beth Edens of RE/MAX Advanced donated several sacks of new school supplies.
• The Mom’s Club of Fort Collins East donated sacks of supplies collected at their school supply drive.
• The Concerned Larimer created a committee and does outreach to “fill the gap,” stocking the shelves in the Teachers Closet for second semester.
• The Coloradoan created a school supply video, and donated a backpack to a Tavelli student.
• In addition, several community members responded to the need and brought in supplies individually.