WeSSo Lends a Hand

The WeSSo board hangs by the office with various announcements and sign up lists. WeSSo is an all girls club that focuses on volunteering within the community. “WeSSo is a great opportunity to volunteer around the community as a group” Atiya Farooque ’20


We all pass the light pink bulletin board labeled “WeSSo” daily, but do we really know what WeSSo is?

WeSSo stands for “West Side Student Service Organization”, and it’s an all girls club. They meet once a month on a Monday. The club’s mission statement is to help those in our school and community through volunteer work. “I joined WeSSo because I knew that it was a good way to do service and volunteering in the schools and community while having fun,” said WeSSo to-be-er Cara Penquite ‘21. 

If you’ve ever stopped and looked at the board you’d see at least half a dozen sign up sheets for various events around our community along with a spreadsheet with names and hours. This spreadsheet tracks each member’s service hours. WeSSo members need four hours per semester, while WeSSo to-be-ers just need to reach eight hours over the whole year to be declared an official WeSSo member. “ I like that you have to commit to a certain number of hours before you are considered a member so that all members are dedicated” WeSSo member Atiya Farooque ‘20 

WeSSo events often go unnoticed because most of them take place out of the building and/or after school hours. Some events include Boo at the Zoo, Family Math Night at Cumberland, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, and helping teachers out after school. “My favorite event was Boo at the Zoo because you get to play games with the kids and see all the cute costumes.”WeSSo to-be-er Nicole Virata ‘20 

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