The Michigan Hispanic Latino Commission (HLCOM), led by new Executive Director Felipe Lopez-Sustaita, is launching a Back-to-School Backpack initiative to help children in the Hispanic/Latino community be prepared for the coming school year. The program aims to gather 500 backpacks with supplies for children in the areas of Lansing, Flint and Saginaw. The Hispanic Latino Commission is part of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).Each city will have a designated dropoff area where those looking to donate can drop off backpacks filled with essential school supplies children need during the school year.
“Drop-off Center” for Saginaw
Monica Reyes, director of SVSU Disability Services and commissioner from Saginaw Saginaw Valley State University Multicultural/Disability Services
Wickes Hall Suite 260
“Drop-off Center” for Lansing
Jeremiah Hernandez, general manager at Best Buy of Okemos and commissioner from Dewitt
2020 W. Grand River Okemos, MI 48864
“Drop-off Center” for Flint
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
2316 Coldwater Rd, Flint, MI 48505
“Many parents are struggling to put food on the table these days, therefore, supplies for school are not always a priority,” said Lopez-Sustaita. “Growing up, I was one of those children who went to school with not enough supplies, so I know the struggle firsthand. I invite everyone to participate in this effort to give young children in their communities an opportunity to feel excited about the return of the school year.”
The Commission is committed to educational outreach and improvement for Hispanic/Latino students in every community, at all levels of schooling. With support from community leaders, the commission can help all students reach their educational goals.
“A backpack is more than just an item,” said Noel Garcia Jr., chair of the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. “It provides our students with confidence as they begin their school year and helps them excel in their educational goals.”
The backpack program will run from August 15 to September 5. Additional locations may be established.
For more information, visit the HLCOM website at michigan.gov/hlcom.