Running Start for School 2017

Running Start for School

Helping Students Succeed

Running Start for School is a community-wide backpack and school supply drive to ensure every child is prepared to succeed in school. When students have the tools they need to succeed, they score better on tests, increase their attendance, and are more likely to graduate on time. More than 8,700 students in Olmsted County qualified to receive backpack and school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year. The community got involved by donating, hosting a collection, volunteering, and encouraging others to help our children and youth reach their potential in school and the community.


There are three easy ways to make a donation to help students succeed by supporting Running Start for School:

  • Purchase needed school supplies while you're shopping in our community and drop them off at United Way during our collection season: June 1-July 30, 2018.
  • Give a monetary donation online (Please include "Running Start for School" in the contribution note) or by mailing a check to United Way of Olmsted County, 903 West Center Street, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Visit our online store, Roonga. Our Roonga store is closed for 2017. Check back June 1, 2018 to donate school supplies online.



Thanks to all of our 2017 Running Start for School volunteers! Check back in May for 2018 Running Start for School volunteer opportunities!


Champions and Collection Partners

Our champions and collection partners help make Running Start for School a success by giving back to the community. Thank you to our 2017 champions:
Home Depot, Kids in Need Foundation, People's Energy Cooperative, Rochester Kiwanis, and UPS!

Thank you to our many community collection partners! If you held a collection in 2017, email us a photo of your collection so we can celebrate and share your ideas.


How to Receive Free School Supplies

Families that are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch are eligible to receive free school supplies through Running Start for School. School supplies will be distributed by individual school districts. Check back in summer for information about how to get your 2018 Running Start school supplies.


Contact Information

Emily Johnston