On August 2nd, Grandfather Ed Wiley left Charleston, WV to walk to Washington DC to raise
awareness and funds to build a new
Marsh Fork Elementary School. 40 days and 455 miles later, Ed Wiley reached Washington
DC on September 13th. Met by many supporters at the Arlington Memorial Bridge, we all
walked under the big (now faded) purple flag declaring “Every child deserve a safe and
healthy school in their community.”
More people joined us at the Washington Monument before walking that final mile up to
Senator Byrd’s office. After running into security issues surrounding the big blow up
picture, Ed and Debbie were taken up to meet with Byrd’s staff. This meeting did not
last long as the staff took Ed and Debbie on the subway to Byrd’s chambers where Byrd
listened and said he would “leave no rock unturned” while looking for ways to get
money for a new school in the community.
We had planned on Ed and Debbie coming back to the Washington Monument to walk parade style
up to the press conference on Capital Hill, but since the meeting with Byrd took longer
than expected, 50 people met them halfway there. Still more were waiting at the press
conference and Ed told his story one more time to 80 supporters and the press.
Thanks to all the folks out there who supported Pennies of Promise and made this walk
possible. And the Governor could still use a call.