Monday Informer: Campaigns to Provide Free School Supplies | Local News


School supply drives for local students are organized by local organizations and businesses.

Supplies needed include crayons, markers, glue sticks, whiteboard markers, and erasers.

• Functional Chiropractic Rehab, Suite 120, 1901 Madison Ave., and YWCA, 127 S. Second St., Mankato, are partnering to collect school supplies for over 35 families.

Donations can be dropped off in boxes at either partner until Thursday.

Families facing financial hardship can also pick up school supplies at the YWCA’s Back to School Bash from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday near Shelter 2 at Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave. Participants can also take part in free games, crafts and other activities.

• United Way is organizing a collection of school supplies in businesses throughout the region until September 2 thanks to an initiative of Greater Mankato Area United Way.

New school supplies can be donated to the following locations: Mankato Family YMCA, Snell Motors, Store It, all in Mankato; North Mankato Taylor Library; Crystal Lake Area Recreation Centre; Maggie J’s in Mapleton; Jay Zender State Farm in St. Pierre; Prosper in Waseca; Frandsen Bank in Waterville.

Players needed to qualify

There are team slots remaining for the eighth annual Greater Mankato Area United Way Human Foosball Tournament, from noon to 5 p.m., September 10.

The event is a benefit for all 55 United Way programs.

Event volunteers are needed throughout the day to help with tasks such as scoring and officiating.

Presented by Scheels, the 32-team tournament will be played on the 500 block of South Front Street in Mankato. The street will be blocked off between Cherry and Warren streets to make way for the four-court foosball tournaments.

Teams must have a minimum of five players. Players must be 16 years or older. Under 18 must have parent/guardian signature.

There are no admission fees for spectators.

Entry fees are $600 per team. To register, go to:

Those interested in volunteering can call 345-4551 or visit:

The Fort Ridgely group is looking for members

The Friends of Fort Ridgely are planning a reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Upper Picnic Shelter at Fort Ridgely State Park south of Fairfax.

The purpose of the meeting is to determine interest in reinvigorating the group that provides volunteer support for the park and historic site on its land.

COVID-19 restrictions and other circumstances caused the organization to go on hiatus for a few years.

For more information, contact Paula Weier at 426-8184.

Master Gardener apps available

Applications are open for the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

Master Gardeners bring science-based horticultural knowledge and practices to Minnesotans and promote healthy landscapes and community.

This year, the training will be entirely online over 14 weeks. To become a Master Gardener, individuals commit to completing online training and providing 50 hours of volunteer service in their first year.

October 1 is the application deadline. For more information or to apply, go to: or call 612-625-9864.

The University of Minnesota has trained thousands of master gardeners; each year, they contribute more than 140,000 hours of service to Minnesota communities.

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