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How to Receive School Supplies

To receive a backpack and basic school supplies through Running Start for School, a student should be:

  • enrolled in a participating Olmsted County school (see below)
  • in grades pre-K through 12
  • eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch


Backpacks and supplies will be distributed by participating schools. To verify your child's eligibility and learn about distribution dates, please contact your child's school directly. Contact information for participating schools is below.

Participating School/Distrcit Contact Name Contact Phone/Email
Beacon Academy Wanda Bucher
Byron Christine Jostock 775-2336
Chatfield Lorri Lowrey 867-3240
Dover-Eyota Dan Lecheler 545-2632
Pine Island Jeanie Rucker 356-4849
Rochester Catholic Schools-Holy Spirit (contact beginning mid-August) Judi Higgins 288-8818
Rochester Catholic Schools-Lourdes Heather Renier
Rochester Catholic Schools-St. John the Evangelist Diane Cameron 282-5248
Rochester Math and Science Academy Mohamed Jama 252-5995
Rochester Public Schools Bobbi Jorgenson 328-4276
Rochester STEM Academy coming soon coming soon
Rosa Parks Charter Tracy Olson 282-3325 x113
Stewartville Courtney Fakler