Making A Difference: WE Serves

At Whitemarsh Elementary School (WE), each class brought in a specific item to help fill food baskets for Thanksgiving as part of the school’s annual WE Serves project. 

Three women and about a dozen frozen turkeys


“Our class brought in pie crusts,” said WE First Grader Caleb Schultz. “We’re helping people, because they don’t really have much food.”

“My favorite part is the students really getting into it and reminding each other to bring in their item,” said WE Serves Co-chair Annmarie Budniak. “As an incentive, classes where each student brings in something gets an extra recess — but really the whole school gets an extra recess, because everyone is so generous.” 

The food baskets included Thanksgiving basics like stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and desserts, as well as tea and coffee. Right before the meals were delivered, the PTO added a frozen turkey and other foods like spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, and pancake mix. 

“It’s not just a full turkey dinner,” said Mrs. Budniak. “It’s some added meals for the holiday while they’re off.”

The school’s efforts resulted in 21 food baskets, with about half of the baskets heading to WE families in need and the other half going to the Colonial Neighborhood Council.

“I love seeing how generous everyone is to contribute toward the event,” said WE Serves Co-chair Karen Curran from the WE PTO. “It’s great that we can all come together to help families at the school and within the community celebrate a happy Thanksgiving holiday.”