“Little Miss Flint”, Mari Copeny Distributes 1,000 Backpacks To Children In Need


Every kid needs a backpack and supplies when going to school, and few take this more seriously than Amariyanna Copeny, who is also known as “Little Miss Flint”.

She recently raised over $10,000 online to get and distribute more than 1,000 backpacks to Flint students.

Her goal was to help children in Flint who cannot afford their own backpacks or school supplies.

By providing them with these necessities, these kids could finally be able to go to school. Mari added that education is life, and we wholeheartedly agree.

The 14-year-old, who is also a Flint resident, collaborated with a nonprofit organization called Pack Your Bag.

Together, they went to the Mott Community College Event Center and handed out free school supplies and backpacks.

This isn’t the elementary schooler’s first attempt at helping other kids in her community. Only last year, she launched the #PackYourBackChallenge on Twitter.

At that time, she gathered 100 backpacks. This year, her goal has become bigger, and the results have been even more impressive.

Her mother, LuLu Brezzell, revealed that Mari always amazes her with each new task she attempts to take on. Whatever she plans, her mother promises to always do all she can to make it possible.

Not all of the 1,000 backpacks and supplies found new homes. So, teachers in the vicinity have received them and will distribute them to needy students.

Pack Your Back was initially founded by Galen Miller, who was a Central Michigan University junior, after he brought a semi-truck full of bottled water to Flint back in 2016.

He partnered with four other college students to kick off the non-profit. Their reasoning was that they all wanted to give back to Flint, especially the city’s children.

Like Mari, they also don’t want any child to go through life without education.

They set their goal as enhancing underprivileged children’s educational experience by offering them resources and tools to help them succeed in the classroom.


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