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 Banyan’s children to succeed. Over the years, St. Bart’s parishioners and others have continued to organize this effort, support children, and donate items and money for School’s Cool. Donors provide the tools, and Banyan provides the educational and community support.


The Minneapolis four-year high school graduation rate is 75%, yet 98% of Banyan youth graduate from high school and are ready for college.


Be a part of the success!


We invite you to support Banyan youth with a financial gift - the School's Cool team will do the shopping!


Checks written out to “Banyan Community” may be mailed to:

2529 13th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404


All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Donation Amount*
  • $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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