October 28, 2014 — The Philadelphia Writing Project plays an integral role supporting city students learning to love language and find their own voice.
PhilWP will host its second-annual Walk for Literacy beginning 8 a.m. Sunday, November 2 at Penn Park. All proceeds from the walk will benefit youth writing programs like Project Write, PhilWP’s summer writing enrichment camp for teens. The event will feature music, games, and actives for all ages, including an appearance by Thomas Jefferson.
"Writing programs for students and teachers are especially important now, when teachers and schools face so many budgetary and testing restrictions," said Penn GSE’s Diane Waff, Director of the Philadelphia Writing Project.
"The funds raised in the Walk for Literacy will help to ensure that as many students as possible take part in engaging, thought-provoking writing instruction."
Last year’s walk raised nearly $12,000 for PhilWP programs. This year’s goal is $15,000.
Those wishing to join in the walk or raise funds through a team can register online at walkforliteracy.eventbrite.com. Advanced registration costs $25 ($20 with Penn Student or Penn Alumni ID, or PhilWP supporting membership). Registration on the day of the walk costs $30. More information can be found at www.gse.upenn.edu/philwp.
The walk will step off as scheduled from Shoemaker Green, rain or shine.
The Philadelphia Writing Project, a member of the National Writing Project, has supported the teaching of writing and literacy as tools for social justice since 1986. The Philadelphia Writing Project works with schools, teachers, and students through professional development opportunities, through its summer institute for teachers, and through programming for students.