Flint Summer Bash
In July, Pack Your Back and Mari Copeny hosted a Family Fun Day at the University of Michigan - Flint where over 500 bikes were distributed to children. Families in attendance got to enjoy a day filled with fun, laughter, and community. A Summer Reading Program was also launched to keep students engaged in their learning over the summer.
Flint School Supply Distribution
In partnership with State Bags and Mari Copeny, over 15,000 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to every student at nearly 25 different schools in Flint, Michigan. This remarkable community effort allowed families to focus their spending elsewhere without the burden of purchasing school supplies.
Detroit School Supply Distribution
In a partnership with Dillon Marshall-Alley, Pack Your Back was able to assist over 250 students in the Detroit, Michigan area in getting backpacks filled with school supplies. Pack Your Back plans to continue its expansion to the Detroit area in the coming months.
Totes for Teachers
In early September, Pack Your Back surprised teachers at Scott Middle School in Flint, Michigan with $15,000 that would go towards classroom support. These funds allowed teachers to purchase items for their classrooms. To date, the Totes for Teachers program has assisted nearly 100 teachers.
Flint Leadership Conference
In November, over 50 students in Flint, Michigan were equipped with leadership skills to take back to their classroom at the Color Outside the Lines Leadership Conference. This was the first event of its kind for Pack Your Back and there are plans to expand its offerings in 2019.
Stuff Your Stocking
On December 22nd, Pack Your Back hosted the 2nd Annual Stuff Your Stocking event at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. Over 1,000 children walked away from the event with toys, backpacks filled with school supplies, hats, food boxes, and memories to last a lifetime. This was a remarkable effort by a variety of community members and organizations, such as Nestle Waters North America, Mott Community College, and many more!
Pack Your Back would like to thank every volunteer, donor, and supporter. Without the help of individuals who selflessly gave their time, energy, and resources, our organization would not have been able to make such an impact on Michigan students in 2018. Together, we can ensure that each and every child is given the proper resources needed to succeed in the classroom.
Our organization would like to wish you a safe and happy 2019. We look forward to whatever the future holds, and continuing to help students across the state by providing them with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom
Happy New Year!