While most members of the Washington Bar were dealing with the daily demands of practicing law or taking time off to enjoy the one month of guaranteed sunshine in the Pacific Northwest, this past August, Washington Defense Trial Layers (WDTL) rolled up their sleeves and gathered school supplies and backpacks for Treehouse.

Founded in 1988, Treehouse is Washington’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the academic gap between youth in foster care and their peers. Treehouse helps 7,000 youth in foster care through programs that help them succeed in school, fulfill key material needs and provide important childhood experiences every child deserves.

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett contributed 71 backpacks and donated the most school supplies of all firms that participated.  Through WDTL’s donations, foster youth not only went back to school in style this fall with cool new backpacks, they were also provided the necessary tools to be successful in the classroom.

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