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School’s Cool provides backpacks, school supplies and uniforms to children participating in the education programs at the Banyan Community in the East Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis. In 1999, Alison Johnson, a St. Bart’s parishioner, recognized that these basic needs had to be met for the Banyan’s children to succeed. Over the years, St. Bart’s parishioners have continued to organize this effort, sponsor children, and donate items and money to support School’s Cool. St. Bart’s provides the tools, and Banyan provides the educational and community support. The success rate of the children participating in the Banyan programs is 100 percent! Be a part of it!






This Is How You Can Be Part of School’s Cool

This is the 17th year that St. Bart's parishioners and friends are being called upon to serve these children by providing school uniforms, backpacks and school supplies for the next school year - and we can proudly say that St. Bart's has always met their needs. This year we will work together to help 135 kids.
1)     $325 - Sponsor a Catholic school student with backpack, school supplies and uniform essentials. School’s Cool committee does the shopping for you!

 2)     $200 - 
Sponsor a Catholic school student with uniform essentials purchased by the School’s Cool committee. Shop for the backpack and school supplies yourself – list provided by School’s Cool committee.


 3)     Provide a backpack and school supplies for a Banyan youth attending public school. Information provided by School’s Cool committee.

 4)     Make a donation - any amount is needed and appreciated!

Backpack supply list tags will be in the Nathex July 9th & 10th and July 16th and 17th.  Simply select a tag, shop for the school supplies listed, pack them into a new backpack and drop it off in the Narthex July 23 - 31.
2016 School's Cool Supply Lists
(be sure to print out the Directions page (last page) and complete donor information before returning backpacks to St. Bart's.

Or click below to donate to School's Cool online.  You may also contact parishioner Denise Didier and she will quickly provide you with the information to participate (
didier.mn@comcast.net or 763-559-5887). 
School's Cool




School's Cool Stories




Elementary:  Jenny, a Banyan elementary educator, attends the kindergarten graduation at St. Helena Catholic School to celebrate with our youth. Banyan is like family, and celebrates a variety of milestones with youth and families. Starting the educational journey prepared (with a fully stocked backpack and uniform) is what later brings success. With the help of St. Bart's, Banyan brings the after school support, the supplies, and the partnership with St. Helena that ensures a healthy start to education. 

Middle School:  Banyan youth start planning for their future in middle school! In order for this Risen Christ student to achieve her goal of becoming a veterinarian, she and her family will need the support of Banyan. That includes after school homework help, field trips to learn from veterinarians, and a pathway to a college prep high school. Starting the school year with a backpack and uniform puts her one step ahead and ready to hit the ground running.









High School: These high school youth graduated from DeLaSalle High School and are off to college! In part because they were prepared for school every year with a new backpack, school supplies, and uniform. That means years of notebooks, pencils, art supplies, and uniforms - 13 years for many of them! To get this cohort to graduation was roughly 70 fully loaded backpacks, an accomplishment worth celebrating!





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