Bradford students in class all showing off their new "Giving Pack" backpacks

690 Reasons to be Thankful for Backpack Donations on Count Day

Southfield, Mich. (October 8, 2018) – All K-5 Bradford Academy students received backpacks full of grade-level school supplies for Count Day.

Thanks to Giving Pack, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization that donates supplies to individuals in need, students in grades kindergarten through five received a sling-backpack full of school supplies and a grade-level book on Wednesday, October 3.

2 young Bradford students smiling with new backpacks2 young Bradford students showing off their new backpacks - "Giving Pack"

We are deeply grateful for the backpack donation. When the Giving Pack volunteers dropped off the donations in a huge truck, we were overjoyed. It was so fun to hand the backpacks out to the students and see their reactions.

-Gary Stevens, Bradford’s K-8 principal

One 3rd grader said, “I love my new backpack and book. I plan to read it when I get home.”

This type of donation is transformational for student’s success, noted Lisa Key, Bradford Academy superintendent.

When we reflect on the importance of our community supporters, we know it goes beyond pens and pencils. It is the fact that someone truly cares about the success of our students. This type of donation helps ensure the student can be successful in and out of the classroom. We are truly thankful for Giving Pack’s donation.

-Lisa Key

Bradford was selected as the recipient of Giving Pack’s annual school supply drive donation thanks to Lorice Reid, an elementary math specialist at Bradford Academy. Reid’s daughter attended school with the founders of the Giving Pack.

Working at Bradford Academy is so rewarding and I know how impactful this donation would be for the students. I was so excited to share with the Bradford team that we were the recipients of this donation.

-Lorice Reid

“The Giving Pack donation is a true example of the #BradfordStrong community,” noted Principal Stevens.


About Giving Pack – Giving Pack is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that contributes to community success by providing supply packs and resources to individuals in need. Using a community-to-community approach, Giving Pack collaborates with schools, churches, and small businesses to fundraise and collect supplies. Working with a dedicated team of volunteers, we then create individualized relief packs that are sent to school systems, hospitals, and other institutions. Through collaborating with various organizations, Giving Pack works to promote volunteerism and instill a passion for community service in youth organizations throughout Michigan.