WXYZ-TV’s (Detroit) week-long “Fix My School” supplies drive collected more than 20 tons of school supplies for students and teachers in Detroit Public Schools. The items donated filled three semi-trucks and included notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, Kleenex, and toilet paper.
“At a time when Detroit schools are in crisis, these supplies will make a tremendous difference for thousands of kids and teachers,” said Dave Manney, WXYZ news director. “The staggering amount of donations also sends a powerful message of hope. People across southeastern Michigan will do whatever they can to help Detroit students and teachers succeed.”
“Fix My School” is a 7 Action News series that brings attention to issues and concerns in school districts throughout Metro Detroit. After a number of stories focused on the needs of the 47,000 students in Detroit Public Schools, WXYZ decided to take action to address the problem. Viewers were encouraged on-air, on-line, and on mobile, to drop off classroom supplies at one of 56 Leo’s Coney Island restaurants throughout Metro Detroit. Stevens Worldwide Van Line donated its trucks to transport the supplies to a central warehouse. The City of Detroit donated warehouse space to hold all of the supplies.
“I am completely overwhelmed! To Channel 7, to Leo’s Coney Island, to everyone who donated, I just want to say thank you,” said Ivy Bailey, interim president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers.
The supplies will be distributed by the Detroit Federation of Teachers beginning Monday, February 22.