Banyan Community



School’s Cool provides backpacks, school supplies and uniforms to children participating in the education enrichment programs at Banyan in the 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 and others have continued to organize this effort, sponsor children, and donate items and money to support School’s Cool. Sponsors provide the tools, and Banyan provides the educational and community support.


The success rate of the children participating in the Banyan programs is 100 percent!


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We invite you to consider one of several ways to support School’s Cool. 


All sponsorships remain anonymous to the children and their families and all donations are 100% tax deductible.

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  • $125 School Supplies for 1 Banyan Youth
  • $200 School Uniform Essentials for 1 Banyan Youth
  • $325 School Supplies AND School Uniform for 1 Banyan Youth
  • $650 School Supplies AND School Uniform for 2 Banyan Youth
  • $975 School Supplies AND School Uniform for 3 Banyan Youth
  • Other $

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