As students got ready to head back to school for another year, the Ross Medical Education Center Roosevelt Park, Michigan campus teamed up with Great Lakes Kingdom Ministry in Muskegon for their Back to School Community Event. There are many families in the area that struggle to send their kids to school with all of their school supplies as they are responsible for a variety of other costs as well. Great Lakes was able to provide children of all ages in the community with backpacks as well as a free lunch.
This event allowed the campus to work with others in their community to supply over 175 children with backpacks for their first day of school. However, they didn’t just stop there. The backpacks were then filled with crayons, notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, glue, rulers, and folders to assist local families in lowering the costs of going back to school.
Throughout their drive, the campus collected and then donated over 2000 items to Great Lakes to assist in filling up the backpacks. Lisa Picard, Campus Director, and Akia Pierce, Administrative Instructor for the Medical Assistant program, volunteered to help pass out backpacks on this fun filled day. It was great to get out into the community and be a part of helping those in need get their kids ready for school.
Great Lakes Kingdom Ministry under the leadership of Rodney Savage is a community focused ministry that has engaged in many local volunteer projects. Rodney himself volunteers with the Kids Food Basket program, and has sponsored other initiatives like “Young Brothers” mentoring groups, Men of Color Read with grade school reading programs, Flint Water Drives, and many others. It was a pleasure for Ross to be able to unite with such a great ministry who truly cares about the community and strives to assist those who are most in need.