School Events

Events

Lift the lid, Inc. inspires students in underprivileged schools around the world to write. See ‘What’s Inside?’ for examples. We occasionally organize events to help spread the word and to raise money for the schools we support. And occasionally the schools we support organize their own events to benefit the students. Here you can read about what’s going on and perhaps you’ll be inspired to take action.

Some fun ways that you can improve the education of our students: get your school or alma mater involved in an essay exchange; host a reading or writing competition for any of the schools LIFT THE LID sponsors; or visit any of our schools to help with teaching, building or repairs. A simple bake sale could buy paper and pens, vital components to writing and learning! We welcome your ideas, so jot them down in an email to info@lift-the-lid.org.

A Book Launch for The Band!

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Author Connie Mann is donating the first week’s royalties from the launch of her book Deadly Melody to The Push Cart Children’s Band at The School in a Cart. We have been working on an almost daily basis with The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines since 2011 and started The Push Cart Children’s Band […]






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Lift the Lid and Darien Book Aid Team, Again!

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Lift the Lid made another book delivery with the help of Darien Book Aid Plan, a not-for-profit distributor of free books since 1949, based in Darien, CT. The following photos and Thank You letters, in response to our 2017 shipment, are from Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, Kenya. Every year we host a writing […]






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Christmas 2017 at The School in the Cart

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Every year at Christmastime, Lift the Lid makes a donation to The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines to help make the Season a special time for about 350 homeless children and their families, spread out over three different festive parties. Weeks of preparation go into planning, shopping, assembling gift bags, and cooking. We are thankful […]






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Books are Arriving!

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Check out your recent book deliveries to Mogonjet Secondary School in rural Bomet County, Kenya, near Kericho. While the school educates boys and girls with close to a 50/50 split, these boys volunteered to be photographed to show their gratitude. Worlds away from our selfie culture, they prefer to appear modest for the camera and not smile. […]






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Lenana Girls’ High School Fifth Annual Writing Competition – Congratulations, Abigael!

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Lift the Lid sponsored its Fifth Annual Writing Competition at Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, Kenya and we are so excited to share the results. Every year we receive more submissions, and though the quality of writing varies depending on the age and experience of the students, we have set a tone within the […]






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Mogonjet’s Seventh Annual Writing Competition – Congratulations, Vincent!

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A big congratulation to Vincent Rop of Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya for placing First in Lift the Lid’s Seventh Annual Writing Competition! Vincent’s personal essay “My Loverly Mother” honors the sacrifices his mother made for him and his brother, her strength of will and unending love. He writes: “Imagine she had no […]






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Abigael Takes First Place in Namelok’s Poetry Competition!

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Does love grow old? When Abigael Mantaine sat down to think about love for Namelok’s Fourth Annual Poetry Competition, she thought of her mother. She thought of moments she felt completely comforted and at peace, of her mother’s gentleness and protection, her advice and acceptance. The love she remembers doesn’t end with her youth. Her […]






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Rest in Peace, Sweet David

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Through my charity Lift the Lid, I’ve worked with this little boy since he was seven and have watched him grow into a talented teenager, in his artwork, his drum playing, and his writing. Tuesday night he was murdered in his sleep. It’s been hard for me to put this into words, but it does […]






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I Pray the Lord Will Give Them Strength, by Carla

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Playing in a band continues to have a huge impact on the children of The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines. You can tell because they choose to write about their experiences learning new instruments, practicing, and performing in churches, schools, and now malls. For many, this is the first time they’ve had […]






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I Conquer My Fears, by Stephano

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Can you remember back to your childhood and a time when you felt nervous, maybe petrified, to perform in front of your parents and peers? The fear of failure was all-consuming and your heart pounded frantically in your chest, as if wanting to escape. Did you go through with your performance? Did you give it […]






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