J.O. Johnson High School receives 1,000 free backpacks for the student body

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The actions of one inspired teacher at J.O. Johnson High School brought excitement and free backpacks to the entire student body on Thursday.

Johnson High School Teacher Nicole Franklin submitted an application to Teach for America. She wrote from her heart about why her students deserved 1,000 free backpacks.

“I basically said how much they have contributed to me as a person and how much I want to give back,” explained Franklin.  “Owning your education is kind of just setting you up for success in the future.”

The backpacks were provided by American Eagle and STATE Bags. These two teamed up with Teach for America to give 20 schools thorough the nation 1,000 bags each.

“I think my students would be successful with or without a backpack, this is just an aiding step to help them be organized and have a place to put supplies if they didn’t before,” said Ms. Franklin.

The red backpacks are a gift to students, one that looks to bring excitement to the classroom today, and success into these students’ future.

“This is just like thank you. This is just something to show that we believe in you and the world is yours,” said Franklin.