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Last year, the Commission on Mission (CoM) began to look for ways to support the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (BWS), a tuition-free Episcopal school that serves boys and their families who live in the Anacostia section of D.C. Bishop Walker is unique because it provides a quality, rich education, both in the schoolroom and in a structured, creative, and safe after-school program. CoM has been doing its part to support BWS students and provide them from the basics, such as nutritious meals, to opportunities that students may not otherwise enjoy. For example, St. Paul’s has provided BWS financial assistance, chaperones for a school trip, and volunteer participation in the school’s chapel and music program. This is a promising ministry and we continue to look for more ways parishioners can help.
There several easy ways that you can help that will make a huge difference to BWS students that do not have some of the basics that we take for granted. BWS participates in the Boxtops for Education Program and gets ten cents for every coupon it collects. Products like Kleenex, Cheerios, Juicy Juice and Ziploc bags. See boxtops4education.com for a complete list and to participate. Place your clipped coupons in the envelope on the Commission on Mission bulletin board, send them directly to BWS, or give them to parishioner Pattie Kindsvater, and they’ll get to BWS.
A second way to support BWS is by simply using the Giant Food A+ Program. Giant cardholders may sign up on the Giant website and designate BWS (code is 08457) as your school of choice, and Giant will donate a percentage of your monthly purchase total to BWS.
And for those who want to do more, bishopwalkerschool.org has a wishlist of both equipment and Orff musical instruments that the school could use right now. As mentioned above, BWS is tuition-free so all its good work is only possible through your gifts. Please do what you can.