MORRICE AREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL was the recipient of 50 backpacks filled with school supplies on Thursday, Aug. 23, the first day of the 2018-19 school year, compliments of the AT&T Michigan Pioneers program. The donation was facilitated by Rep. Ben Frederick, who identified a need and organized the donation of backpacks and school supplies to Morrice Elementary. The backpacks were filled with folders, paper, pencils and other essential school supplies. AT&T plans to distribute more than 1,500 backpacks across Michigan this fall.
“I reached out to Ben with a goal of identifying a local school in need of backpacks and school supplies, and he really just took it from there,” shared Andy Solon, the director of AT&T’s External Affairs headquarters in Lansing. “Ben is constantly advocating for the youth and residents of Shiawassee County, so I knew he was the right person to help me identify where these supplies would be most needed. This is the 19th year the AT&T Michigan Pioneers has made a donation in Shiawassee County, and the program grows every year. We hope to continue to keep increasing our contribution in Shiawassee County, and we are currently exploring further initiatives that will allow us to do that.”
Morrice Superintendant Mike Dewey and Morrice Elementary Principal Kelly Roe received the backpacks from Solon and Frederick, and worked to identify the students most in need before distributing the backpacks to their students throughout the week following the donation. Dewey noted that a number of backpacks would also be held back for transitional students who join the district throughout the year.
“We thank you so much for this donation,” Dewey said to Solon and Frederick on Aug. 23. “It is so important to students to fit in with their classmates, so something as simple as a backpack and school supplies will help the students with their self esteem and make them much more excited to come to school. This will really touch their lives in a huge way.”
Rep. Frederick added, “This is my favorite part of my job. AT&T has been great to the residents of Shiawassee County, this year and for the past 18 years of the AT&T Pioneers program. A lot of people offer to help, but AT&T continues to follow through. I understand from my own childhood what this means, so I really appreciate community-minded companies like AT&T and the work they continue to do here in Shiawassee County.”
Shown on Thursday, Aug. 23 are (from left) Morrice Superintendant Mike Dewey, Rep. Ben Frederick, Morrice Elementary Principal Kelly Roe and AT&T External Affairs Director Andy Solon.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)