September 18, 2015 09:56 PM
DULUTH, Minn. - TGIF took on a little different mean for Myers-Wilkins Elementary's second graders today thanks to a special delivery from Duluth Pack.
Brand-new large backpacks, handmade by Duluth Pack were handed out to each second grader thanks to a donation from a parent at the school and Duluth Pack.
"Our bags stand the test of time, and we were so excited to be able to help give these kids bags ... they will use, abuse and cherish for the rest of their lives," Hanson said.
The about 85 second graders picked from pink, navy, maroon, olive green and black backpacks. All of the bags had custom "Myers-Wilkins Student" patches and luggage tags so they can tell them apart.
"They're just thrilled. The choices of colors were wonderful, they're just super excited about it," Michelle Bowker, one of the second grade teachers, said. "Lots of our kids don't have a lot of things just of their own. And so to have something that they'll be able to keep for years is really important."
Those dedicated teachers had a surprise in store for them too. After all the kids got their backpacks, Hanson pulled out four bags in special colors for the teachers.
"We were doing a little happy dance," Bowker said.
"I don't think the teachers expected it, so it was really cool to see their faces when we asked all the kids if they had backpacks, and then the teachers if they had backpacks," Hanson said. "Their faces were pretty priceless."
The teachers hope the durable backpacks will serve as a symbol that the kids should continue their education through college.
"At the beginning of the year, we always talk about hopes and dreams, and this will help them reach their hopes and dreams," Bowker said.
Duluth Pack made about 100 backpacks worth $20,000 retail value, and the extras will stay at Myers-Wilkins for any students who may join the second grade class later in the year.
Updated: September 18, 2015 09:56 PM
Created: September 18, 2015 04:17 PM
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