‘Backpack Kid’ Surprises New York Elementary Students With School Supplies

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Students at a Brooklyn elementary school received quite the surprise of their lives as Russell Horning, the viral sensation known as “Backpack Kid,” dropped in to present free backpacks and school supplies. 

Of course, Horning did his signature floss dance, which made him famous after he upstaged Katy Perry during a “Saturday Night Live” performance last year. 

As the kids cheered him on, he surprised the 400 students at Elsa Ebeling School with backpacks full of school supplies. 

He also autographed some of the backpacks for the kids. 

The backpacks were donated by Kids in Need Foundation and the calendar manufacturer Blue Sky. 

"It has a tremendous impact on them," Jimmy Freeman of Blue Sky told Inside Edition. "You can see the excitement on their faces when they get the backpacks."

Kids in Need's executive director, Renay Dossman, added: "We know from our research that their confidence improves when they have proper supplies, that their attendance improve and that their test scores improve."

At the conclusion of the event, Horning invited the children on stage to do his notorious dance with him.


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