Just Brewed was truly a labor of love.
The coffeehouse fundraiser was a one-night event that took place in the Newman Smith High School Rotunda at 7 PM on Friday, March 3rd. The night consisted of poetry readings, spoken word performances, and a silent art auction. Attendees also got to eat delicious coffeehouse foods while mingling with others about the importance of education. All proceeds from the event went to Room to Read, a nonprofit working to help children gain access to education in Asia and Africa. The organization is dedicated to universal literacy and gender equality in education because it believes that education will help children break the cycle of poverty to reach their full potential. The $305 we raised at Just Brewed is enough to support a year of life skills education for a girl in secondary school- how amazing is that?!
Ms. Payne, the Smith librarian, said this event was "the best thing" she had ever seen at our school! To everyone who planned and participated, please know how proud we are of you!
The planning for this event began last May when Ms. Hardy, our former sponsor, was reading Creating Room to Read by John Wood, the founder of Room to Read. We wanted our big annual project to be a coffeehouse fundraiser and RTR was the perfect nonprofit to support!
We love that Room to Read has Read-A-Thon initiatives! We knew it'd be a great campaign to have at Smith, since we love reading! Our goal was to read 5,000 hours as a school. With the help of the amazing English department, we were able to read 8,211 hours in four weeks! We are honored that Room to Read donated $2,500 in our name towards building libraries/schools, publishing native language books, and other literacy projects. They even presented us with a large check! Pictures from the check presentation with Jean Lamberty and Debbie Dennis of the DFW chapter of RTR can be found in the slideshow above!
We thank you so much for sharing our vision of a more compassionate world where all children can reach their full potential by having access to a quality education. We rest easy knowing that organizations like Room to Read exist and advocate for education as a human right.
World change starts with educated children!
To learn more about Room to Read, visit their website: https://www.roomtoread.org
To support Room to Read's mission, donate here: https://www.roomtoread.org/support-education
Human Rights Forum Officers, 2016-2017