Running Start for School Drop Site

The library is a collection spot for donations of school supplies for the United Way’s Running Start for School initiative.  Running Start for School provides school supplies to low-income students in Olmsted County. The start of a new school year means buying school supplies, which can be exciting. However, for some lower-income families it can be very overwhelming and expensive. Running Start for School depends on the support of our community to help provide the needed school supplies for these families. 

Students, kindergarten through 12th grade who are eligible for free or reduced lunch and who live or go to school in Olmsted County, receive school supplies. 

 If your children qualify for free or reduced lunch for the upcoming school year and you wish to register them, call (507) 287-1958 from June 1 – August 10 to register. 

Look for the blue bin located upstairs below the bulletin board and drop off school supplies you wish to donate any time before August 11th.  Supplies needed are listed below.  (We are told there is an amplified need for backpacks this year.) 

Backpack – no wheels; Binder with zipper; Colored pencils – 12 count box non-short;  Eraser – block; Folder – two pocket; Glue – 4 ounce washable bottle; Glue stick – .21 ounce washable; Highlighters – variety of colors; Markers (thick washable) – 10 count box; Markers (thin washable) – 10 count box; Pens – Red; Pencil box – 8″ x 5″; Pencil pouch – fits 3-ringed binder; Pencil sharpener – covered; Pencils – #2; Pens – blue OR black; Ruler (inches and centimeters) – 12 inch, Scissors – kids blunt tip; Scissors – kids pointed tip; Spiral notebook – 70 sheet college & wide-lined; Paper – college & wide lined – 150 count loose leaf  

Thank you for your help!