We invite families to participate in our “30 Days of Grace and Gratitude” campaign kicking off on November 1.
We invite families to participate in our “30 Days of Grace and Gratitude” campaign kicking off on November 1. We've initiated this campaign to celebrate our 30th anniversary in an outward way—we wish to spread the joy of our school beyond our immediate community.
While most of the ideas on the calendar are simple gestures you can do on your own we do have a few organized opportunities and will be sharing more information about them in the weeks to come:
November 11: On-campus Leaf Raking
November 15: TreeVitalize Tree Planting
November 17: Lantern Walk
November 18: Prison Book Project Book Packing
Save the Date, 11.18.23!
Calling all alumni and WSP Middle School students and guardians! As part of our 30 Days of Gratitude on Day 18, Saturday, November 18, we have partnered with Thomas Merton Center and the Pittsburgh Prison Book Project (formerly called Book 'Em) to volunteer to pack books to be mailed to prisoners across Pennsylvania. PPBP is an all volunteer non-profit organization that was started right here in our neighborhood of Garfield.
WSP has committed to having a maximum of 12 volunteers pack books on November 18 from 1–3 pm. All volunteers must be in middle school or older. A donation of $20 per sign up will be used for mailing costs for the books. They welcome donations, even if you do not pack books. This is a great opportunity to share our values and gratitude for literacy and access to reading materials. We hope our community might support this project on an ongoing basis.
Sign ups and donations will be available shortly via our website.
Some highlights about PPBP:
Each month, Pgh Prison Book Project serves approximately 200 prisoners across 35 State and Federal prisons.
They mail an average of 500 pieces of reading material a month.
Since 2000 they have served approximately 40,000 people throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
In 2019, they filled 2,234 individual requests from prisoners.