PEPTOC is a project by artists Jessica Martin and Asherah Weiss, and the wonderful students at West Side Elementary
in Healdsburg, California. This project includes a hotline featuring pre-recorded life advice and words of encouragement by students aged 5-12. Within days of going live, the hotline went viral, and was getting over 800 calls an hour. This quickly grew to 11,000 calls an hour!
We are absolutely astounded and so very moved by the outpouring of calls, and we are so proud that these kids are providing so much joy and light in a very difficult time in the world.
West Side is a small rural public school with a very small budget. We have had to cut our arts and other enrichment programs by almost 75% due to lack of funding after the pandemic. Thanks to donations and some sponsorship, we have been able to cover the hotline fees to keep the hotline going these past two weeks.
However we hope to keep Peptoc available to ALL, 24 hours a day, for many months or years to come! We also plan to add a new option with rotating surprise pep talks every 1-2 weeks.
Please consider making a donation. Any excess funding we receive will go toward our enrichment programs, which are in desperate need of support. All donations are tax-deductible.
On behalf of the students and staff at West Side Elementary, we thank you for your support!
For more information about the project, here are links to recent press this project has received. To learn more about our school’s arts program, go to: