American Eagle Outfitters, STATE Bags, and Teach For America Donate 1,000 Backpacks to Detroit Students


Detroit, September 24, 2015—Teach For America–Detroit distributed 1,000 backpacks to Detroit-area students during the first week of the new academic year. Students at Vista Meadows Academy, Trix Performance Academy, and West Side Academy were selected to receive the backpacks based on a nomination by Teach For America and West Side Academy teacher Adam Schilt. As a 10thgrade English teacher, Schilt has witnessed first-hand his students’ determination, but also the lack of resources available to them.

“At West Side Academy, we believe that our students are capable of performing at the highest level when they are provided with the tools and opportunities necessary for success,” said Schilt. “American Eagle and STATE Bags are playing a huge role in making that vision a reality by donating these backpacks. Not only are our students excited to receive quality backpacks on the first day of school, but they are also learning by example what it means to give back to the community.” 

Through a national partnership, American Eagle Outfitters and STATE Bags announced that they are donating 20,000 new STATE backpacks to students in high-need communities served by Teach For America during this school year. STATE Bags, a national one-for-one benefit corporation that works to create a positive impact for American children, donates one bag to a child in need for every bag purchased. The donations will provide Detroit students with some of the supplies they need to begin the school year prepared for success.

“We are very grateful to American Eagle and STATE Bags for providing new backpacks to students at three of our partner schools,” said Tiffany Taylor, executive director of Teach For America–Detroit. “It was a privilege to have been part of such a positive way to kick off the school year.” 

Photo captions (photo credit: Rachele DiMeglio):
Photo 1: 1,000 Detroit students received backpacks donated by American Eagle Outfitters, STATE Bags, and Teach For America.
Photo 2: Adam Schilt, a teacher at West Side Academy, nominated three Detroit schools to receive the donated backpacks.

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,800 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO) is a leading global specialty retailer offering high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices under its American Eagle Outfitters® and Aerie® brands. The company operates more than 1,000 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, and ships to 81 countries worldwide through its websites. American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie merchandise also is available at 115 international stores operated by licensees in 19 countries. For more information, please visit

About STATE Bags
STATE is a one-for-one Brooklyn born benefit corporation whose mission goes beyond selling cool and classic bags. Founded by Jacqueline & Scot Tatelman in 2013. Jacq and Scot are the definition of social entrepreneurs as the two created Camp POWER in 2009, a nonprofit summer camp for at-risk Brooklyn children. After watching countless kids carrying their necessities in trash bags, STATE was born. STATE addresses the immediate needs of American children living with challenging and critical circumstances. For every bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers one to an American child through its motivational bag drop rallies. #GiveBackPack