School Essay Inspires: “Love Makes Family”

Teacher, Mr. Mead, with Alex, student winner of philanthropy essay competition

Teacher, Mr. Meade, (left) inspired by Alex’s essay about WACAP; WACAP selected for donation

It was just another Wednesday—or that’s at least what WACAP staff members thought as they got settled for the April staff meeting.

Soon, however, there was a room full of people blinking back tears, as a parent’s voice—their colleague’s voice—reached them with her daughter’s story. Alex’s story.

photo of Alex, who wrote about WACAP for school essay competition about philanthropy

“Love makes family,” says Alex.

Jo Reed, an adoptive mother of two children she’s unyieldingly proud of, beamed about her daughter.

Alex had won an essay competition about philanthropy for her English class, and she’d chosen to write about WACAP: the nonprofit adoption agency that helped bring her and her family together.

Alex not only did her homework about WACAP, but stood up at school to read her essay (below) about what makes a family. Her mom, reading WACAP staff the same essay her daughter had read aloud in class, reminded us all that it was in fact, just another Wednesday with an incredible story about a family’s love, and an invitation to be part of that story.

Thank you to Alex for the invitation and for the reminder of what a difference we can make, any day of the week.


PDF Icon - Link to Alex's Essay


As a result of hearing Alex’s essay, staff were inspired to match the donation  of Alex’s teacher and as a result, WACAP received over $400 to support its vital work bringing children and families together.


WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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