Grinnell Mutual offers area schools a leg up on school supplies

After a summer filled with swimming pools, barbecues, and s’mores, it’s hard to picture kids back in the classroom, but the impending school year is just a few weeks away. Although a fresh start is exciting, buying school supplies can be cost-prohibitive for families trying to make ends meet. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), parents will spend $4.87 billion this year on non-negotiable school supplies such as notebooks, folders, pencils, backpacks, and lunchboxes.

An ongoing effort

In a continuing effort to reach out to local communities, Grinnell Mutual held its annual school supply drive to help collect needed materials for area schools, including Grinnell, Montezuma, Lynnville-Sully, and Brooklyn, Guernsey, and Malcom (BGM). From Aug. 2–9, employees brought in unused school supplies (a minimum of $5 worth) to receive a free 2016 Iowa State Fair ticket, resulting in 150 donors collecting $850 in school supplies.

“This is the 13th year for the school supply drive,” said Barb Baker, Grinnell Mutual’s advertising/community relations director. “This year’s collection supported nine area schools in four districts, as well as the Optimists’ backpack program. It’s a great way to show the community we care, and the State Fair ticket is a nice ‘thank you’ to our employees for supporting the drive.”

For more information

Contact your local school district to learn how you can help with in-demand school supplies. To learn more about how Grinnell Mutual fosters local communities, visit