#GiveBackToSchool and Break Barriers to Literacy

Courtesy of Pencils of Promise. Photo by Amanda Brown taken in New York.

A smile can light up a room. I recall kindergarten and primary school being filled with just that — the smiles of classmates running around during gym class, making jokes while eating lunch, and enjoying one another’s company while working on a project.

Over the years, those smiles remained. However, as we grew older, we learned that not all children like us experienced such joy of being in school, learning, and having fun together.

Around the world, 250 million children who are in school either drop out before fourth grade or reach fourth grade unable to read and write. The cost to society are not only economic, social, and environmental, it is also lost smiles.

I believe each and every child, no matter who they are or where they come from, should have access to a quality education that will allow them to smile and transform their life, and the life of their community and country.

Education is an opportunity I benefitted from and something I want others, especially underprivileged kids, to enjoy as well.

Photo courtesy of Pencils of Promise. Taken by Nick Onken taken in Guatemala.

For this reason, I have started a campaign to raise a minimum of $3,000 to provide quality education to 120 kids in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos as part of Back to School with Pencils of Promise (PoP).

A $25 donation will provide educational opportunities for one child. I encourage you to #GiveBackToSchool and donate to my campaign. Drawing will be on 9/14 and 9/28.

Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization whose mission is to create schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all. For those who want to start a campaign, sign up today!