This month, our Executive Director, Myra Anderson, and fellow Board Member Brett Anderson of the Sean Anderson Foundation visited fourth and fifth grade students at Bates Academy, as a part of our ongoing partnership with Project Knapsack Inc.
Last year, the Sean Anderson Foundation expanded our educational mission by adopting two elementary classrooms at Bates Academy in Detroit and at the Molalatladi Primary School in Soweto, South Africa. Through Project Knapsack’s global pen pal and school supply program, students have been able to engage with their peers in another part of the world.
During the visit, several students read their pen pal letters aloud to the group, and each student presented Myra Anderson with a personal letter thanking her for the opportunity to connect with kids in Africa and to be a part of the program. During the closing ceremony, each Bates Academy student received a knapsack filled with brand new school supplies and other education resources.
“It has been a wonderful opportunity working with students and teachers at Bates Academy,” said Project Knapsack Founder, Porcha Dodson. “In less than two years, we have been able to enhance students literacy skills through the letter writing component, while providing a vehicle to explore and learn about a culture and world beyond their own”.
Visit our Project Knapsack page, for previous blog posts and partnerships updates: PROJECT KNAPSACK [click here]