American Eagle & STATE Bags Donate 1,000 New Backpacks and School Supplies to Howard High School of Technology Students

Teach For America–Delaware Teacher Wins National Contest on Behalf of Her Students


Wilmington, Del., September 24, 2015—Teach For America–Delaware announced today that American Eagle Outfitters and STATE Bags donated 1,000 new backpacks to Howard High School students during their first week of school. All students received backpacks designed by STATE Bags as well as school supplies. The donation resulted from Ashley Sorenson, a Teach For America alumna, entering the school into a nationwide contest.

“Before we received the donation from American Eagle and STATE Bags, it was common for students who didn’t have sturdy bags to carry their school supplies in string bags, tote bags, or even plastic bags. Now that our students have all received a new backpack it’s great to see them walking down the hall in a sea of red and blue backpacks. The bags are well-made and from one of their favorite stores, so they’re definitely getting use,” said Sorenson, instructional technology coach at Howard High School and a 2010 Teach For America–Delaware  alumna. “As we gave out the bags, students were often shocked they were being given a free backpack. Some of the students indicated that they were going to take the bag with them to college next year. I’m excited to see where these bags go in the future, and we’re thankful to Teach For America, American Eagle, and STATE Bags for their generosity in sponsoring this opportunity for us.”

“Nearly 40 percent of Delaware’s school-aged children are low-income. Many often go to school without a backpack or school supplies, which can affect their ability to concentrate,“ said Laurisa Schutt, executive director of Teach For America–Delaware. “We are proud to collaborate with community and business partners to ensure children are going to school with the supplies they need. It is a step in the right direction.”

Howard High School has partnered with Teach For America–Delaware since 2010 and currently employs six Teach For America teachers.


Photo captions:

Photo 1: Ninth grade student RJ Smith received an AEO X STATE backpack from Teach For America Alumna Ashley Sorenson

Photo 2: Howard senior Jewel Stranahan received an AEO X STATE backpack during the first week of school

Photo 3: Stacks of AEO X STATE backpacks ready to be given to students at Howard High School



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