Gone are the days of Motown in motor city, where you’re more likely to be a victim of a violent crime than you are anywhere else in America. Almost 80% of Detroit students live in poverty, and the city has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country (About 25% in 2007 according to Education Week). Kids in Detroit’s public schools score consistently lower on standardized tests than do their counterparts in other large urban areas. And this was before the recession.
We were thrilled to contribute brand new STATE bags along with donations from our partners, KIND Snacks and Bombas Socks to every student at DAA. We hope our bag drop rally helps to keep the incredible momentum going as the energy in the room shown by our newest GiveBackGals and Guys was truly awesome. We can’t wait to get back to ‘Comeback City’ soon! Thanks again, Detroit! #GiveBackPack
It looks likes Philadelphia plans to put our bags to good use.
Our second biggest bad-drop to date (you win, NYC) involved Beyonce, Urban Outfitters, two drop sites, and over 500 backpacks.
Thanks to all of these Philadelphia news sources who took notice of our mission! Here are some of the highlights,
When 8th grader Ben Blizard heard about the annual Operation Backpack drive at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA, his older brother Sam’s school, he decided to take on the challenge by himself. Relying both on his social media connections and the kindness of his neighbors in Ipswich, Ben collected 90 backpacks, 33 of them within a 24-hour period.
If you want to connect with St. John’s Prep, you can find them online here:
STATE: Ben, as an 8th grader, you’re not yet a student at St. John’s Prep. What moved you to collect these supplies on your own and why has this become so important to you?
We’re excited to share this back-to-school shout out from Vanity Fair! We’re in great company with brands such as J. Crew and Vans. Check out VF’s ultimate swagger-ed out school year wardrobe featuring The Kane!
It’s been a star-studded month here at STATE! We recently teamed up with Jay Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation to outfit 100 kids living in the Marcy Projects with new STATE Bags!