Serving the Community

Backpacks. Running shoes.
Summer 2016

Students, faculty, and staff at the School of Business take the University motto Pro Humanitate to heart. Together we packed meals for hungry schoolchildren, walked and ran to raise money for a cause, and helped repair a veteran’s home.


Forsyth Backpack program

forsyth backpack programThe Master of Arts in Management students packed 3,328 meals for Forsyth Backpack to feed local schoolchildren who wouldn’t have access to meals over the long Labor Day weekend. After this program’s student orientation project, the School aligned other service projects to support this nonprofit.

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“Pro Humanitate to me means this: not talking about change, and not thinking about change, and not hashtagging change, and not Googling change, but being active and making change. Because everyone can do it,” said William Hawks (MA ’16). “When you make it a lifestyle, you make it something you do every day, just like breathing.”

Barbara Lentz, Forsyth Backpack Program co-founder and School of Law associate professor, said teaming with the MA program made it light work with so many hands, and saved the program 70 cents on each bag packed. “That adds up to 112 more kids who can receive backpacks because of the help from Wake Forest students,” said Lentz.

A second meal-packing event in March saw another 3,128 plus meals gathered for Forsyth Backpack to sustain children over spring break.

Fit for Business 5K

Fit for Business 5KThe inaugural Fit for Business 5K brought more than 100 runners and walkers from the School, the University, and the surrounding community together to raise money for Forsyth Backpack Program on a lovely April day. The race began and ended at the School’s home, Farrell Hall, winding its way through the Reynolda campus.

“We are thrilled that the School of Business is taking action with us to fight childhood hunger in our community,” said Carol Templeton, president of Forsyth Backpack Program. “The funds raised by the event will purchase nutritious food for children on weekends when they might not otherwise have enough, or even anything, to eat. The food will help these children return to school on Mondays ready to pay attention, learn, and run on the playground.”

“We have many great traditions on campus, but so few that extend beyond the borders of our campus,” Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) president Charley Costa (MBA ’16) said. “I hope this event raises awareness for students that malnourishment is a problem right here in our backyard.”

The event raised over $4,600 for the nonprofit, more than enough to feed an entire classroom of children for an entire school year.