DETROIT, Sept. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The school year got off to an exciting start for students attending the Detroit Public Schools Community District. 33,000 children in grades K-8, who reported to class in 82 different buildings, were the recipients of the largest backpack giveaway in the school district's history. The brightly colored backpacks, donated by the Mike Morse Law Firm, came filled with school supplies thanks to the hard work of hundreds of dedicated volunteers.
"For so many families, it is truly a struggle to purchase backpacks and supplies for their children," said attorney Mike Morse. "We learned that some students were bringing supplies to school in garbage bags and some had no supplies at all. Many teachers were paying out of their own pockets to provide paper, pencils and other items. That upset me and I wanted to do something to even the playing field, to give all DPS students a winning start."
In 2015, the law firm donated 23,000 backpacks. This year's expanded program enabled 10,000 more backpacks to be distributed. Members of the Mike Morse Law Firm helped handout backpacks at Pulaski Elementary and Middle School on the first day of school.
"What Mr. Morse teaches us is that it takes an entire community to teach our children," said the school district transition manager Judge Stephen Rhodes. "He has contributed in a major way."
Having the proper supplies increases a student's ability to perform. It can mean better grades and improved self-esteem, confidence, attitude, behavior and willingness to participate and learn. Judging from the bright smiles on the faces of children who received backpacks, the new school year is off to a strong start.
"I want you to work really hard and stay in school and know that you can do anything you want to do," Morse told the children. "Don't let anybody tell you differently."
The Mike Morse Law Firm is Michigan's largest personal injury firm, specializing in auto and Social Security disability claims. The firm handles cases statewide, with its main office in Southfield, Michigan.
Morse's goal is to continue to expand the backpack project in the future. If you or your company would like to help, visit 855MikeWins.com to learn more.
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