The goal of United Way's Running Start for School is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students most in need. In these tough economic times, many families that live in Olmsted County struggle to purchase school supplies for their children. This year over 8,400 students in Olmsted County may need our help with getting a backpack and school supplies for school year 2015/2016!

Why school supplies?   

Results and research show that when adequately equipped, school children:

  • have a more positive feeling of self-worth
  • miss fewer days of school
  • are more attentive in class
  • have improved classroom behavior
  • achieve higher test scores in all academic subjects

The United Way of Olmsted County needs YOUR help with Running Start for School. There's over 150 needs involving 900 volunteers!  You can also call 507-535-5503.