URGENT: 1,750+ Backpacks Needed for Kids in Southeast Minnesota Area
Just in case you haven't had the opportunity to go shopping at Walmart or Target lately, just a little FYI, school supplies are out. Some of the displays are still going up, but the newest backpacks and pencil pouches are ready for all of your little ones to see. Some parents love this time of year. Some of us don't. In fact, mid-June was a bit early last year, in my opinion, to bring these items to the big display in the back of the North Target in Rochester.
Unfortunately, not everyone in our community can afford new school supplies or backpacks for their kids. In fact, the last time I looked, 1,750+ backpacks are still needed for kids in Olmsted County before the bell rings on that first day of school.
1,750+ Backpacks Still Needed to Give Kids a Running Start for School in Olmsted County
If you've been in Rochester, Minnesota for a few years, you probably remember the big bins that were set up all over the Med City to collect school supplies for kids in our area. I know a few people have asked me recently where the bins were. Well, when the pandemic hit our world, those bins disappeared but thanks to the internet, it is easier than ever to help kids in our area! In fact, you could help while you are binge-watching Netflix.
Nearly 3,000 students in Southeast Minnesota need your help to prepare for school this fall. One backpack filled with school supplies costs less than $17. Together, we can ensure every student in Olmsted County has a #RunningStart for school! - United Way of Olmsted County Facebook Page
Here's how you can help ensure kids have the school supplies they need in Olmsted County
It is extremely easy to help. In fact, everything is online and with a few clicks and a few bucks spent, you are helping a child start the school year off with a running start.
On the Roonga website, you will see the following 4 items that are still needed:
- Pre-K Backpack and School Supply Kit that costs a total of $7.79
- Elementary Backpack and School Supply Kit that costs a total of $16.65
- Middle School Backpack and Supplies that costs a total of $15.74
- High School Backpack and Supplies that costs a total of $16.46
You simply add this to your cart, pay for it online, and you just helped a child in our area have what they need for their 2023-2024 school year!
“Rochester Public Schools is grateful that our partners have committed to ensuring all kids have ‘Running Start’ to the new school year. Starting school with a new backpack and school supplies is a major part in helping kids feel ready to learn and excited to start school" said Lida Casper, Coordinator of Community Partnerships for RPS.
How Do I Get My Family Signed Up for Free School Supplies?
I don't have the contact info for all of the individuals schools but, according to the United Way of Olmsted County website, if you are wondering how to get your kids signed up for the free school supplies, you are asked to contact your child's school directly. They should have more information for you.
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