So inspiring. Many of the students in Detroit, Michigan’s schools show up to class with used or secondhand school supplies, making it harder for them to concentrate on learning. One lawyer however, decided to change the game for every elementary public school student in the city. The Mike Morse Law Firm decided to invest nearly half a million dollars to buy 23,000 backpacks filled with school supplies like markers, erasers, folders, pencils, notebooks, and other educational goodies for each student in grades K through 5.
Needless to say, the gifts, which cost $20 apiece, brought excited back-to-school smiles to children’s faces in 65 Detroit schools. “I think it teaches them that there are people out there in the community that care about them,” Mike Morse said in a video highlighting the firm’s efforts. “They want them to succeed, that want them to win at life.”A few days after the video was shot, filmmaker Sean O’Grady spoke with a family who just moved to the city under some tough circumstances and couldn’t afford to buy any uniforms or supplies for their twin fifth graders. As a result of the donation, they now have all the supplies they need to start the year. The entire family of 5 was incredibly grateful and it was really moving,” O’Grady told the Good News Network. “They heard nothing but bad things about Detroit before moving there, but this helped them realize that there are generous people everywhere.”
In preparation for next year, The Mike Morse Backpack Fund has already raised $550 from public donations on the way toward helping every Michigan student with much more expected to come.