No Backpack Day

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:

  • Backpacks
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Handheld pencil sharpeners
  • Crayons
  • Notebooks

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

Please click the link to WCNC news coverage of the program’s success:

WCNC Coverage

You can also read about her story from the CMS magnet messenger at:

CMS Magnet Messenger

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 (

Upcoming Spirit Events


Please join us for a Spirit Sales Event with Toys & Co. in Cotswold beginning Saturday, March 7th through Saturday, March 14th. 20% comes back to the school for Enrichment Programs for ALL GRADES when you mention Cotswold Elementary at check out. Remember, you must say you are from Cotswold in order for the school to benefit.

Leroy Fox All Day Event – dine in, carry out, buy gift cards or lunch for your teacher. On Monday, March 9th 10% of all sales all day goes to support the 2nd Grade trip to Winston Salem.  We hope to see you there!!


Walk to School Day Cancelled

The Walk to School Day for March 6th has been cancelled due to below freezing temperatures. The Principal’s Chat will be held at 9:30 as scheduled.