We are excited to provide 30,000+ backpacks filled with brand new school supplies to students in both Detroit and Flint public schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Our newly expanded project will benefit more children, families and teachers than ever before.
For the first time since our Project Backpack initiative began four years ago, the Mike Morse Law Firm will be serving tens of thousands of students, teachers and families in two major Michigan school districts – Detroit Public School Community District and Flint Community Schools. During the first week of the school year, 25,000 backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed to all DPSCD students in grades K-5. In Flint, 5,200 backpacks will go to all students in grades K-12.
We are proud to expand our efforts and do even more to help level the playing field in our schools. Over the last four years it has been rewarding to hear from children and families who tell us these supplies add excitement, give students an extra boost of confidence, and even help improve grades.
We know that many teachers pay out of their own pockets to provide paper, pencils and other items. We set out to change that. That’s why this year in Detroit we are also providing 3,000 “Teacher Totes” filled with basic classroom supplies.
After all that, we couldn’t leave out the preschoolers! We will be donating 600 Pre-K “Starter Kits” with pencils, glue sticks, crayons, markers and more. It means so much to help give tens of thousands of Michigan students and teachers a winning start.
Including the current donation, the Mike Morse Law Firm has provided more than 85,000 backpacks to Michigan students since 2013. We know the need is great and many neighboring schools and districts could use help with backpacks, too. Our goal is to continue to expand Project Backpack each year.
“This annual donation helps to remove financial burdens for our K-5 parents who might have difficulty with basic necessities; and it adds a small token of appreciation for our teachers,” said Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community Detroit. “It is our hope that we can continue to identify ways to provide essential resources to support teaching and learning,”
Backpacks and supplies will be distributed at the start of school in September. Each student will receive a backpack, folders, notebooks, pencils, a pencil sharpener, eraser, scissors, glue, crayons, and more. The supplies are age and grade appropriate.