The Girls Opportunity Alliance’s Back-to-School Challenge
September 5, 2019 6:18 PM
Earlier today, Tiffany Drake, Executive Director of the Girls Opportunity Alliance, sent the message below to our email list in honor of her daughter’s first day of school and to lift up the importance of education for girls around the world. If you’d like to receive updates like these, you can sign up for our email list here.
I’m writing this just after dropping my daughter off at school for the very first time—and I confess I was a bit emotional. She is only three years old but she already loves to learn. She pores over her picture books and is so curious about the world around her.
She was excited to start school today, although I am not sure she yet realizes exactly what that means or the power school holds. As I packed her backpack, I felt incredibly grateful. I know how fortunate she is to have the chance to go to school this year and to pursue any dream that she chooses.
As a new school year begins, the Girls Opportunity Alliance and I are challenging you to take action for girls around the world. Support one of the grassroots projects on our Fund in honor of someone you love who is going back to school.
We hope you’ll also answer Michelle Obama’s call to share a favorite back-to-school photo—post a throwback of your own school portrait or your child heading to school on social media.
Check out the adorable responses we’ve gotten so far—and share your own back-to-school photo to help us drive action and awareness for global girls’ education.
Reese Witherspoon shared a class photo from her early school days:
Every girl deserves an education. But right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls are not in school.
As a new school year begins, take action for global girls’ education with the @GirlsAlliance: https://t.co/febhOkdRY6 #backtoschool pic.twitter.com/NmqC7UyR20
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) September 5, 2019
Jennifer Garner reflected on music lessons gone wrong:
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Fun fact: this girl ☝🏼 took violin in school for six years and was so bad that her mother offered to pay her $5 to never play again. 🤗🙋🏻♀️. Still. I’m grateful for the education. . Every girl deserves an education. But right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls are not in school. As a new school year begins, please consider taking action for girls’ education around the globe with @michelleobama and @girlsopportunityalliance #supportlinkinbio #TBT #sixyearoldme
Kerry Washington shared this throwback from 8th grade:
8th grade ME (thx for the roller set mom😂), so happy to be #backtoschool & back to Drama Club 🎭. More than 98 million adolescent girls are NOT in school. 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗴𝗶𝗿𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. Take action with the @GirlsAlliance https://t.co/b7ZvbaWXzZ pic.twitter.com/erLTmQQrI6
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 5, 2019
And our amazing community members encouraged everyone to take action to support girls’ education around the world:
As we head back to school let’s remember that more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world don’t have the opportunity. I’m sharing my 5th Grade #BackToSchool photo to take action with the @girlsalliance be sure to check donate to the noble cause! pic.twitter.com/PB4kIMW3M4
— Ms.Morantes (@msmorantes) September 6, 2019
On #WorldCharityDay, share your #BackToSchool photo and take action to recognize how many girls around the world do not have the opportunity to attend school. @girlsalliance
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— Traci Scannell Crowe (@traci_crowe) September 5, 2019
This was 1986. I had a bad haircut and a badass bear sweatshirt. I was missing teeth but loving school. I’m grateful for the education I received. Today there are more than 98 million adolescent girls around the globe missing out on an education. Support the @girlsalliance pic.twitter.com/gCr1tGCgv1
— Darcy Swanson (@DarcySwanson81) September 5, 2019
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Following the lead of @michelleobama I’m posting my favorite back-to-school photo. (I believe this was second grade!) “98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school.” – Michelle Obama When I read that statistic, it stopped me in my tracks. Having grownup in a community with excellent education, and the opportunity for continued education at universities, it’s almost incomprehensible. But it’s true. I am donating to @girlsopportunityalliance to help girls get the education they DESERVE! That they NEED! That they WANT! 🌎 We are all connected. ♥️ Find your favorite back-to-school photo and post! • • • • • • #WorldCharityDay #BackToSchool #girlsopportunityalliance #Educate
Share your favorite #backtoschool photo with the hashtag #GirlsOpportunityAlliance and join us to take action for girls’ education around the world.
Tiffany Drake is the Executive Director of the Girls Opportunity Alliance.