No Back Pack Day

The No Backpack Day Movement spreads through Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Read about the movement at CMS's website:

Sponsor A “No Backpack Day” At Your School

Please join our cause. Here’s more information about how you can collect back packs at your school for the AIDS orphans of Cameroon Africa by promoting a “No Back Pack Day.”

A Place of Hope (POH) has been supported by more than 8 Charlotte area schools in our mission to educate children globally. These schools sponsored a “No Back Pack” Day which resulted in donation of back packs and volunteerism of more than 4000 students.

No Back Pack Day was created by POH’s cofounder Abong Fankam’s 8 year old daughter Mongai. Mongai is a third grade student who is both an activist and avid supporter of under privileged children. She came up with the idea of a "No back pack day" at her school Blythe Elementary in Huntersville NC and it has blossomed into something greater.

We encourage you to watch the WCNC interview with Mongai and welcome your support. We are very excited about our success so far and look forward to continuing the fight to educate the world's children. For more information Abong can be reached at 980-230-6511 or by email at; or you may email our intern, Sarah Aborgast, at

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

No Backpack Day Observed in Huntersville, NC Elementary School

Febraury 13th, 2012 was No Backpack Day at Blythe Elementary school Huntersville, NC. More than 800 students went to school without their backpacks. Some of them carried their books in their hands while others used plastic bags. This was done so the kids could experience what children in need in a Third World country do daily: they walk for miles to school carrying their books in their hands or in plastic bags. In support of their Third World counterparts, the Blythe Elementary students will spend the rest of the week collecting school supplies and backpacks for A Place of Hope.

View WCNC's story on the school's project: