Members of SCI Smithfield’s Men of Action group, who earn about 19 cents per hour, partnered with Philadelphia FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice to orchestrate the drive benefitting students at Allen M. Stearne Elementary School.
On Friday, Aug. 24, students at Stearne received backpacks filled with notebooks, crayons and other school supplies in time for the new school year. Men of Action’s members, many of whom are serving life sentences, each donated at least $28 to purchase the supplies.
Forty-year-old Tyree Wallace, the founder of Men of Action, is serving a life sentence in Smithfield. His inspiration for Men of Action came from a desire to do something charitable, but wanting the impact to be larger than what he could accomplish alone.