MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich—
What started off as an empty stage Thursday at Edgewood Elementary in Muskegon Heights, was quickly overflowing with boxes of school supplies. As they were unveiled, the students went wild with excitement.
At the end of December, FOX 17 featured Chris Willis, CEO of Media 1, in Grand Haven, as our "Pay it Forward" person of the week. Willis, had heard through social media that some of the basic necessities at Edgewood, were lacking, and the teachers were paying for what they could out of their own pockets.
Willis started a school supply collection site at her Grand Haven office, along with various churches and businesses; the response was overwhelming. Thursday, all of the students at Edgewood were called to the gymnasium for a special assembly, where all of the supplies were unveiled.
Since programs like art and physical education have been cut, Principal Sonya Hernandez had put out the call on FOX 17 airwaves for volunteers to come into the school to share their talents with the students.
A young man who is home schooled, is stepping up for his senior project to hold a music program at Edgewood. Roughly 20 students will learn to play with the record and then get on stage with the symphony in April.