Local students celebrate No Backpack Day for good cause

Rache's Challenge No Backpack Day in Charlotte

Local students celebrate No Backpack Day for good cause

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by CALEB TROOP / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 26 at 8:34 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Area students are making sure children in another country have the school supplies they need, and it's all thanks to a local woman and her daughter's project.

Abong Fankam is the founder of A Place of Hope, an organization dedicated to helping children in Cameroon.

Back in February students at Blythe Elementary took part in No Backpack Day to get an idea of what it's like for kids in Cameroon.

On Tuesday the students were at Smithfield Elementary School where students collected school supplies for the kids in Cameroon who don't have any.

"They don't have the supplies that we do.  They just have like one or two of them," said student McNeill Jordan.

Fankam and her daughter will travel to Cameroon in July to deliver the school supplies.

Right now, close to 12 Charlotte schools are taking part in No Backpack Day.

"We put in notebook paper, notebooks, binders erasers, markers, pencils, pens, glue, glue sticks and a lot of other stuff," added student Talley Schroeder.
 

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