More than 240 children seated in the stuffy auditorium at the school on the city’s south end Tuesday morning screamed out the same words at one point upon being given permission after they received free backpacks.
The backpacks stuffed with supplies were a portion of more than 5,000 bags to be handed to all Flint students out over the coming days following a collaboration between Flint Community Schools, Kids In Need Foundation, and the Marshall Mathers Foundation started by rap star Eminem.
Dave Smith, executive director of the nonprofit Kids in Need Foundation, said they approached Eminem for an event last year in Detroit, upon which he provided a check to purchase backpacks and supplies for students there.
“He didn’t want any recognition for that,” said Smith of Eminem, also known by his given name of Marshall Mathers. Eminem is on the same record label — Aftermath Entertainment — as Flint rapper Jon Connor.
Eminem sent a check in this year for the cause in Flint, but Smith said he also approached the foundation about the backpacks and snagged one to use in a Facebook post asking people for donations to aid students in the city.
Great Job Em!