Flint, Michigan, July 25, 2018 – Pack Your Back, STATE Bags and 11-year-old local activist, ‘Little Miss Flint’ Mari Copeny have joined forces to distribute more than 10,000 backpacks filled with school supplies timed to the start of the 2018/2019 school year.
Select schools throughout Flint, Michigan will distribute a STATE backpack, filled with supplies for success, to each student on the first day of school. “The only way a student can succeed in the classroom is by having the proper tools and resources needed to do so,” said Galen Miller, Executive Director of Pack Your Back. “We are excited to assist more than 10,000 students in getting those tools.”
Students who do not attend these select schools can still receive a backpack and supplies from a School Supply Distribution on August 31 at the Mott Community College Event Center starting at 4:00 p.m. Backpacks will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis.
Pack Your Back and Little Miss Flint have facilitated programming that has already impacted over 3,500 people throughout Flint in 2018 including distribution of water, bicycles and school supplies, among other items.
STATE Bags donates tens of thousands of backpacks to children with immediate needs each year.
"We’re thrilled to dedicate our entire back to school giving efforts to the kids of Flint this year," says STATE Co-Founder, Scot Tatelman. “This community has been overlooked far too long, and we are looking forward to gearing up its students while shedding light on the continual struggles and resiliency of its residents. We couldn’t be more honored to team up with Little Miss Flint and Pack Your Back as they both perfectly embody what Flint represents”.
For a list of schools directly receiving support, please visit packyourback.org/school-supply-distribution.