School to Thrive Program

  • Please Pass the Love is partnering with West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) to bring their "School to Thrive" program to five schools within the district, which serve approximately 4,500 students in grades 7-12.  This partnership is intended to support each school by enhancing existing resources to promote positive wellbeing for educators, students, and families. 

    Program Goals


    • mental wellness
    • positive social behaviors
    • academic achievement
    • student attendance


    • rates of poor behavior
    • anxiety, depression, and suicide
    • impulsive behaviors


    How Will This Be Accomplished?

    This three-year collaboration will first begin with collecting data from educators, students, and families. Based on feedback and analyzing current resources, each school will collaborate with PPTL to identify key action steps, which could include professional learning and coaching calls with administrators and district leadership to guide next steps.  In addition, we hope to implement the following:

    • Create Stomp Out Stigma student clubs at each school
    • Offer online staff therapeutic support groups
    • Access to other Please Pass the Love programs and resources


    Stomp Out Stigma Family Event