Today at Franklin school Spectrum Health is donating backpacks to area students.
Spectrum Health recently organized a backpack collection drive among employees to donate to West Michigan schools and in an apparently successful attempt to set a new Guinness Book of World Records mark for the most backpacks laid end to end.
The effort was undertaken as a kick-off to the hospital systems United Way campaign.
The world record effort is an apparent success. A total of 3,318 backpacks were collected and laid out around the Spectrum Health buildings in downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, Sept. 11. That eclipses the existing record of 2,710 backpacks lined up at Pepperdine University in California. If recognized by the Guinness Book, it will become the new official record.
The donations came in from the health system's 23,000 employees, who work at 12 hospitals in West Michigan, including Ludington, and at Priority Health. The event was conceived to generate enthusiasm for and kick off the Spectrum Health United Way campaign. The backpacks will be given to children in the employees' various communities.
Backpacks from Ludington Hospital employees will also be donated to other area school districts.