Dear Cotswold Families,
In 2011/2012 academic year, Mongai, a third grade student at Blythe, decided that it was her mission to take action by getting the Blythe community involved in supporting a cause. Mongai was so inspired by her mother’s work for the organization A Place of Hope, that she approached her teacher about getting the entire school involved in awareness and outreach to benefit the children of Cameroon, Africa. A Place of Hope was founded by Mongai’s mother, Abong Fankam. Through A Place of Hope, Ms. Fankam brings backpacks and school supplies to children, as well as ensure they are enrolled in, and attending school.
In February of 2012, Blythe students supported the children of Cameroon and A Place of Hope by participating in No Backpack Day. Over 800 students used plastic bags or carried their supplies to school to gain perspective of a day in the life of a student in Cameroon. In addition, 3,700 school supplies were gathered to donate to students in Cameroon through A Place of Hope.
Last academic year, in conjunction with International Day of Social Justice, students throughout CMS participated in No Backpack Day . On that day, students were encouraged to use plastic bags or carry their supplies to school without their backpacks.
This year, we will be honored by the presence of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Peace Activist, Mrs. Leymah Gbowee who will be coming to Charlotte to support this event. This years’ No BackPack Day will be the week of March 16th through the 20th. On March 20th, 2015 students at Cotswold will be leaving their backpacks at home and carrying their books and school supplies in their hands or plastic bags, so as to raise awareness of the 120 million around the globe who goes to school every day carrying their books and school supplies in their hands or in plastic bags. In return students are encouraged to donate any of the items below to the children of Cameroon, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and our Neighbors in Charlotte:
- Handheld pencil sharpeners
We will have boxes outside the front office from March 16th-March 20th.
For more information or to donate $9.20 to purchase a backpack for a child in need, please visit www.NoBackPackDay.org
Please click the link to WCNC news coverage of the program’s success:
You can also read about her story from the CMS magnet messenger at:
If you have any questions about “No Backpack Day” and the donations, please do not hesitate to be in touch. Thank you for your support and participation!
Ms. Moras (firstname.lastname@example.org)