The Philadelphia Writing Project will hold its fourth annual Walk for Literacy on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Penn Park. The proceeds will be donated to youth writing programs around the city, such as Project Write and the Writing Project's summer writing enrichment camp. The walk will start at 8 a.m. at Shoemaker Green, near the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.
Entertainment will feature music by Elevate Sound Studios and a performance by a Thomas Jefferson impersonator.
“Writing programs for students and teachers are especially important now, when teachers and schools face so many budgetary and testing restrictions,” said 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.”
A member of the National Writing Project, the Philadelphia project has been supporting writing instruction and literacy skills as tools for social justice since 1986. It provides literacy programming for students and professional development opportunities for teachers.
To join the walk or raise funds through a walking team, register online. Advance registration costs $25; registration on the day of the walk costs $30.
You can watch a video about the event produced by a student at Cristo Rey here.
-- Greg Windle