Remember us on Colorado Gives Day!

Colorado Gives features a $1 million incentive fund so every non-profit that receives a donation on Colorado Gives Day will get a portion of the fund, increasing the value of every dollar donated! So remember to pre-schedule your donation or give on December 5th!

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Back in Africa!

This summer, a group of six have traveled to East Africa to work and serve at our partner schools. Dale Peterson, the Founder and President of the Mwebaza Foundation is joined by his daughter, Lily. Devaki Douillard, the Executive Manager of the Mwebaza Foundation is traveling with her sister, Gigi. Thomas Peters, a representative from the organization, Kids on Computers, is working with us alongside a student intern from CU Boulder, Ellen Gostling, who will be staying on the ground for an additional four weeks to further the work we have started.

Follow our journey on our live blog here.

Niwot Jog-a-thon

It’s about time for our 8th annual Jog-a-thon to help raise money to benefit our African sister school, Mwebaza Primary School!

DATE:    Our May “Late Start Day,” Wednesday, May 3rd.

TIMES:    4th and 5th grades from 11:45-12:15 pm

2nd and 3rd grades from 12:30-1:00 pm

1st grade and Kindergarten from 1:15-1:45 pm

STUDENTS WILL: Jog or walk around a 200M track for 20 minutes.

STUDENTS CAN: Get pledges per lap or just a flat donation. Fundraising is optional, of course.

Ask family and friends for donations, but we DO NOT want students to solicit door to door!

HOW WILL THE MONEY THAT IS RAISED BE USED?:

As in past years, ALL proceeds raised will be used to benefit disadvantaged Ugandan schoolchildren. Any and all fundraising efforts are greatly appreciated! Funds from past Jog-a-thons have been used to buy property for a school playground and garden and construct the walls and roof of the middle school constructed for Mwebaza students. This year, Jog-a-thon funds will be used to build a wall around the perimeter of the new middle school to ensure student safety and deter theft.

Your child’s pledge form is attached to this letter. After each student completes the Jog-a-thon on May 3rd, he or she needs to collect any donations, place them in the designated collection envelope that will be sent home after the Jog-a-Thon, and give that envelope to his or her teacher. Funds are due by Friday, May 12th. 

This year, kids can celebrate their Jog-a-thon efforts with their families by an after-school visit to Longmont’s Cold Stone Creamery. Niwot Elementary staff volunteers will be serving up ice cream at Cold Stone between 4 and 8 p.m. after the Jog-a-thon, with 10% of the proceeds going to the Mwebaza Foundation! In fact, 10% of all Cold Stone sales, from opening to closing, on May 3rd will go to the Mwebaza Foundation!

Please feel free to join in on the fun by cheering on your children, running with them, or by volunteering. Water will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Mr. Strah.

This year, donors can fulfill pledges with cash or checks or pay online at www.mwebaza.org. If you choose to donate online, please be sure to write Jog-a-thon and the student’s name in the “Special instructions to the seller” box at checkout.

The K-2 and 3-5 classes that return the most pledge forms (with at least one pledge per form) by the deadline will win a pizza party in school!

Extra Pledge Form:

Jog-a-thon pledge form

Sign Up to Volunteer on Race Day and Help the Mwebaza Foundation While You’re At It!

Summer is right around the corner and in Colorado that means racing season is here! The Mwebaza Foundation will be hosting a volunteer group at the BolderBoulder and IRONMAN races this year, and we need you and your friends to help! The more volunteers we can recruit, the more funds we can raise to help our African partner schools! See below for details.

The BolderBoulder Memorial Day race is on May 29th. We need volunteers to handout snack bags, water, or soda to the race participants at the end of the race. The Mwebaza Foundation will receive $25 for every volunteer that signs up! Volunteers must must 13+.

When: 7:00AM to 12:00PM

Where: CU Field House
357 UCB, Field House
Annex 50
Boulder, CO
80309

To register to volunteer, please click here! You will need to create an account to register so you can sign the volunteer waiver and give your t-shirt size for your official volunteer t-shirt that you will pick up on race day!

On race day, we will meet on the south side of the Field House next to the buffalo statue to distribute volunteer shirts and organize ourselves. At 7am we will check-in at the volunteer desk on the south end of the Field House where we will be directed by someone from the BolderBoulder staff as to our exact work location.

This year, the Boulder IRONMAN race is on Sunday, June 11th. Volunteers will be handing out food and drink to the athletes at an Aid Station along the run course. Volunteer with your friends or family! Children under the age of 18 must have parental consent to register. Children under the age of 13 must have parental oversight on race day.

The Mwebaza Foundation will receive $500 if we can recruit 40 volunteers!

When: 3:00PM to 8:00PM

Where: Boulder Creek Trail and Skunk Creek Path Intersection

To sign up as a volunteer, please click here! You will need to create an account to register so you can sign the volunteer waiver and select your t-shirt size for your official volunteer t-shirt that you will pick up on race day!

On race day, meet at the aid station location to pick up your t-shirt and jump right in! Maps and more details to follow.

Pop Ups Family Concert Fundraiser

Two Dates Two Locations!

When: Saturday, August 27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield

When: Sunday, August 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Whistle Stop Park, Niwot- Shade provided!

Cost: $12.50 per person. All tickets available at the door only. 

All proceeds will be used by the Mwebaza Foundation to assist our African partner schools in improving their educational environments and developing self-sufficiency. 

Family fun on a summer afternoon! A collaboration between Brooklyn musicians Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein, The Pop Ups have been setting the standard for children’s music since 2010. A celebration of making, building, and learning, their album ‘Appetite for Construction’ received a 2014 GRAMMY nomination for Best Children’s Album, alongside a National Parenting Publications Award, Parents’ Choice Award and praise from NPR’s All Things Considered, The Huffington Post, and USA Today among others. The boys have toured with Yo Gabba Gabba Live and continue to perform their rock and roll puppet musical live show to sold out audiences across the U.S. 

PREMIER SPONSORS:

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The Mwebaza Foundation Featured in Longmont Times-Call

Eagle Crest Elementary connects with their pen pals in Kenya through Skype. Students exchange greetings, songs, dances, and questions in an effort to build cross-cultural connections.
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Niwot Elementary Jog-a-thon

It’s about time for our 7th annual Jog-a-thon to help raise money to benefit our African sister school, Mwebaza Primary School!

DATE:
Our May “Late Start Day,” Wednesday, May 4th.

TIMES:
4th and 5th grades from 11:45-12:15 pm
2nd and 3rd grades from 12:30-1:00 pm
1st grade and Kindergarten from 1:15-1:45 pm

Students can fundraise by collecting pledges per lap or just a flat donation. Ask family and friends for donations, but we DO NOT want students to solicit door to door!

As in past years, ALL proceeds raised will be used to benefit disadvantaged Ugandan schoolchildren, so fundraising efforts are greatly appreciated! Funds from past Jog-a-thons have been used to buy property for a school playground and garden and construct the walls and roof of the middle school being constructed for Mwebaza students. This year, Jog-a-thon funds will be used to complete the construction of the middle school for the graduates of Mwebaza Primary School!

After each student completes the Jog-a-thon on May 4th, he or she needs to collect any donations, place them in the designated envelope labeled “Jog-a-thon,” and put that envelope in his or her class’ collection envelope. Funds are due by Friday, May 13th.

Please click on the link below for a copy of the pledge form.

Jog-a-thon pledge form

LESS CLUTTER AND CASH IN YOUR POCKET! INTERESTED?

Do you have art – paintings, photographs, sculptures – in your attic that you no longer have space to display, but you know the art has value and so you can’t quite give or throw it away?  And you are fairly certain that trying to sell it on Ebay would be more hassle than it is worth?

Are there lovely paintings you inherited from Aunt Bessie, and they just aren’t your style, but you know others would love them?

Or do you have art in your living room that you are eager to replace, but you feel guilty getting rid of it when you remember what you paid for it?

The Mwebaza Foundation is exploring a possible win-win-win solution to the scenarios above.

The Mwebaza Foundation is always looking for ways that we can raise the funds needed to help our African partner schools improve the quality of education they are able to offer their impoverished student populations.  The needs are great, and the potential to help is HUGE.

We have been approached by a Niwot-based art reseller with a novel proposal.  The reseller would work with the Mwebaza Foundation to sell collected art pieces with up to 50% of a piece’s selling price going back to the owner, 40% of the sale donated to the Mwebaza Foundation to help us further the work we are doing here and in Africa, and 10% of the sale going to the reseller.  Clear out your attic, get some cash back, and help African schoolchildren in the process!  Win-win-win!

Before we start consigning art, however, we would like to gauge community interest in selling no-longer-wanted art.  Take a few minutes and look in your attics, garages, and on your walls.  Do you have art to sell?  If so, or if you are interested in purchasing art, please fill out the form below.  If there is sufficient interest, we will contact those of you who responded about how we will proceed in gathering, reselling, and compensating for art.

Thank you for your consideration!

Potential Art Consignment Fundraiser

  • Please include, title, artist, and estimated value if applicable.

Coyote Ridge Drawing Competition

Students of Coyote Ridge Elementary participated in a school-wide drawing competition to design an image that best represents their partnership with St. Paul School! The winning design will be printed on white short sleeve t-shirts and mugs and the top three designs will be printed on custom-made pinback buttons, which will be available for purchase the week of Coyote Ridge Elementary’s Fun Run on May 5th.  All profits will go to purchase uniforms for Ugandan students that cannot afford to buy one on their own.

First Place Design

Tyler R. 3rd Grade
Tyler R. 3rd Grade

Runner Up Designs

3rd Place
Ashton B. 5th Grade

2nd Place
Emma C. 4th Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the other amazing drawings from the talented students of CRE.

 

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The Results Are In!

Students of Niwot Elementary participated in a school-wide drawing competition to design an image that best represents their partnership with Mwebaza School! The winning design will be printed on green short sleeve t-shirts and the top three designs will be printed on custom-made pinback buttons, which will be available for purchase at upcoming Niwot Elementary/Mwebaza School fundraisers. All proceeds will go to purchase uniforms for Ugandan students that cannot afford to buy one on their own.

First Place Design
By Tate D., 5th Grade
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First Runner Up Design
Sydney S., 5th Grade

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Second Runner Up Design
Hannah B., 5th Grade

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Here are some of the other amazing drawings from the talented students of NES.