If you haven't walked around Minnesota Target lately, FYI, school supplies are out.  All of the pencil pouches and new backpacks with the latest popular characters are ready for your little one to take home.  Some parents love this time of year.  Some of us don't.  In fact, mid-June was a bit early 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 the cutest backpacks for their kids.  In fact, 1,500+ backpacks are still needed for kids in Olmsted County before school starts.

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1,500+ Backpacks Still Needed to Give Kids a Running Start for School in Olmsted County

Remember before COVID, there were big, bins set up all over Rochester, Minnesota collecting school supplies for kids in our area.  Those bins are gone now but the kids that need school supplies in our area hasn't gone away.

This year, 2,535 students enrolled in schools across Olmsted County need our help.

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Thanks to the internet, it is easier than ever to help these kids out!  In fact, you could help while you are binge-watching Netflix.

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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 United Way of Olmsted County website, you will see the following 3 items that are still needed:

  • Elementary Backpack and School Supply Kit that costs a total of $15.98
  • Middle School Backpack and Supplies that costs a total of $14.32
  • High School Backpack and Supplies that costs a total of $13.34

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 2022-2023 school year!

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