"I think it teaches [the kids] that there are people out there in the community that care about them," Mike Morse said

By Alex Heigl
September 18, 2015 10:35 AM

Every kid deserves a full backpack on the first day of school.

But that’s not often the case for children in underprivileged areas, which is why we have people like Mike Morse. For this school year, Morse’s law firm decided to invest over a quarter-million dollars to purchase backpacks loaded with school supplies for kids in grades K through five in 65 Detroit-area schools. (It’s not just students in the area who are cash-strapped: Detroit’s largest district is currently projecting a deficit of $238.2 million.)

Morse partnered with not-for-profit group the Kids In Need Foundation for the donation. The group accepted Morse’s $250,000 (actually slightly over that figure), purchased the backpacks and worked with Detroit public schools to ensure they were distributed properly to 23,000 of the area’s students. The $20 backpacks were loaded with markers, erasers, pencils and notebooks; things some students are lucky to have secondhand, if at all. “I think it teaches [the kids] that there are people out there in the community that care about them,” Morse says in a video about the firm’s donation made by Sean O’Grady. “They want them to succeed, that want them to win at life.”

Morse’s firm is currently raising additional funds to provide backpacks and school supplies for kids the initial donation didn’t reach. Find out more here.

Update: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the amount of Morse’s donation and did not mention the Kids in Need Foundation.

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