Through all the darkness that sometimes seemed interminable in 2020, you truly were the light for Women’s Storybook Project. Early in the pandemic, we rescheduled our annual luncheon to September, and then moved it to a virtual format. Over 300 folks attended the event! Thirteen renewing and five new Reader’s Circle members invested in the mission with a three-year commitment!
Groups of folks from around the state jumped in to help. The Pilot Club of Baytown (pictured above) had a fundraiser and donated to support our East Texas program. Pi Beta Phi (Austin) held a book and fund drive and nominated WSP for a book donation award. In Denton, a group of amazing students from the University of North Texas formed UNT Storybook Project and spent their semester sharing our mission, encouraging their peers to get involved, and fundraising on our behalf.
As we look forward to opening new programs in-person at the Marlin and Crain Units, high school students in Los Angeles, California and Round Rock, Texas got to work to help us reach that goal. Besher Garcia (L.A.) held his annual “Tap-A-Thon” during Spring Break and reached his goal to provide funds to cover the Marlin Unit’s books for the year. Parker Morris (pictured, right) chose WSP for the focus of his Eagle Scout project. His plan was to raise funds and donations to supply all the initial supplies to open the Marlin Unit. He coordinated a holiday bake sale safely (during a pandemic!) and organized students to bake cookies. He delivered all the cookies to his customers and raised more than $400 for supplies and recorders. We are so proud of these two fine young men!