Bring a Book!

Homecoming Pro Humanitate Project

Bring a kid’s book and support Freedom School at Wake Forest University. Freedom School is designed to strengthen reading skills of elementary and middle-school students. In honor of President Wente’s first Homecoming at Wake Forest, we’re encouraging book donations that help children learn about various STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics. Please see the wish list to the right.

A collection center will be located at Homecoming Welcome Center at the Manchester Plaza Lower Tent on Friday, October 29th. On Saturday, during Festival on the Quad, look for the collection center staffed by students and the Wake Forest Department of Education.  #GoodWearsBlack

Additionally, we’ve set-up a wish list with Winston-Salem’s Bookmarks, a literary education nonprofit organization and independent bookstore. Books purchased from the wish list will automatically be mailed to Wake Forest.

The Homecoming Pro Humanitate Project is a function of the Skip Prosser Literacy Program. This program, named after former Wake Forest men’s basketball coach Skip Prosser, was established in 2009 to encourage reading among elementary school students in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Encompassing various programs and activities that involved Wake Forest undergraduate students and student-athletes, the program seeks to inspire literacy, foster connection, promote community, and empower leaders.

The Skip Prosser Literacy Program is a collaboration between WFU Department of Education, WFU Athletics, WFU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, WFU Office of Civic and Community Engagement, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and BookmarksNC. To learn more about the history of the Skip Prosser Literacy Program, see Reading: The Legacy of Skip Prosser from Wake Forest Athletics.

Questions about the Homecoming Pro Humanitate Project? Contact John Champlin (06, MBA ’15) at


Homecoming 2021 Book List


  • “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty *President Wente’s Recommendation*
  • “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom
  • “Katherine Johnson: Ready-to-Read Level 3” by Thea Feldman
  • “Mae Jemison: Ready-to-Read Level 3” by Laurie Calkhoven
  • “Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientest” by Jess Keating
  • “Cece Loves Science” by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes
  • “The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid” by Jeanette Winter
  • “Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13” by Helaine Becker


  • “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Readers Edition” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  • “Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact” by Jennifer Swanson
  • “Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions” by Chris Barton
  • “May Chinn: The Best Medicine” by Ellen Butts and Joyce R. Schwartz
  • “Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition” by Margot Lee Shetterly


  • “Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects” by Jack Challoner
  • “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” by Rachel Ignotofsky
  • “Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World” by Reshma Saujani

High School

  • “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • “Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World” by Mark Miodownik
  • “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot