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About WSP



In the fall of 1964, Mr. Edouard E. Plummer and a group of dedicated teachers started the Program at Wadleigh Junior High School located in Harlem. The Program arose from a community caught in despair. The students lived in an environment beset with drug abuse, high dropout and unemployment rates, crime and abandoned buildings. Despite these problems, the teachers believed that many children in the community could and would succeed at preparatory schools. The teachers viewed the Program as a preventive project, which would keep students from becoming victims of the negative elements of the community. They made the students aware of the educational and career opportunities beyond the community and encouraged them to strive for academic excellence. WSP became the impetus for the students to keep alive their dream of getting ahead in life.