Back-to-School Supplies Flash Mob!

CAP.THE.GAP BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES FLASH MOB
Stand in the gap for our children!

With the Philadelphia Public School system facing historic cuts in funding this year, our youth need help more than ever. In an effort to live up to Cap.The.Gap’s mission, we have partnered with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and Millcreek Playground to host our First Annual Back-to-School Supplies Flash Mob!!! We want to turn Flash Mobs, which are associated with fear and violence here in Philadelphia, into something positive for our city’s school children!

On Monday, October 3rd, 2011, a mass text message will be sent to unsuspecting parents of Philadelphia school children, asking them to come to the Millcreek playground (47th Street and Brown Street) at 5:30pm to pick up book-bags and schools supplies for their children.

All are welcome to attend this historic event!

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, Oct 3rd, 2011

About Cap.The.Gap: Cap.the.Gap is an online blog that provides a forum for concerned citizens to engage in solutions-based and action-oriented conversations regarding educational inequalities. Cap.The.Gap’s mission is to close the academic achievement gap in our lifetime.

Join The Movement at http://www.facbook/capthegap.com

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About Lola O.

is a self-described Reformer for urban education and advocate for students with exceptionalities. Her interest in urban education reform started in context after surviving, what she calls, the “holocaust of the D.C. Public Schools.” She intuitively knew that there where forces working against her; no one had to tell her that the odds of her graduating, going on to college, and escaping poverty were stacked well against her simply because of her zip code of 20010. She made a pact with God that if he delivered her, she would come back and help reverse these odds for students coming after her. Needless to say, God kept his end of the deal and today she is a graduate of Eastern University with degrees in Urban Studies and Political Science and plans to pursue her Master’s in early childhood administration. In 2009, she was accepted to the Public Allies class of 2009-2010. Public Allies, started under the leadership of Michele Obama, is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads; that everyone has gifts and assets that they can contribute to making their communities and society a better place. While serving as an Ally, she had the opportunity to serve with A Schools—Pittsburgh’s premier advocacy group for urban education reform. It was while in this role that she was able to deepen her knowledge on issues plaguing urban schools across the country. She returned from her time with Public Allies believing that the racial academic achievement gap is the biggest threat to the economic prosperity of historically disenfranchised communities and resolved to sound the alarm through a self-initiated blog entitled, Cap the Gap. The title was inspired by the 2010 summer BP oil spill during which the nation cried out, calling BP to cap the break in the pipe that was spilling millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, causing economic and environmental damage that will be felt for years to come. In the same way, she believes something even more precious is spilling, and that is the lives of tens of thousands of students of color who graduate every year unable to compete in our economy. Without adequate skills, the lives of these students often spill into crime, drugs, welfare dependency, the prison system, and ultimately the grave. Her hope is to bring together a community of concerned citizens to engage in a solution base dialogue that leads to the close of the achievement gap. When she isn’t writing for her blog, she spends her time serving as a volunteer with Jumpstart, a national organization committed to closing the achievement gap by focusing on early literacy and cognitive development. Her best two hours of the week is spent reading to preschoolers at Leap%2

Posted on October 3, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow! This is amazing! I am so proud of Cap the Gap! I know I am late, but I am interested to know how the turn out was. I’m sure the kids were really surpirsed! Can we see pic!?!?!

    • I am excited that you are excited about our Back–to-School Backpack supplies flash mob! Yes, it was a proud moment for Cap.the.Gap, one that we hope to do next year and the year after that! And yes, there are pictures of the event! Just click on the flicker tap and it will direct you to our photo page!

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