Making a Difference Project (MAD)
M A D is an educational and philanthropic initiative whose purpose is to encourage and enhance a culture of philanthropy throughout the College of Education's community. Through the M A D Project, we are answering the call from alumni, students and friends to provide meaningful connections between the College of Education and the communities it serves.
In addition to receiving monetary donations for college-related community activities, M A D provides opportunities for volunteer service in education and other community settings.
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Susie Suh, Director, Institutional Advancement
Temple University, College of Education
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Mary Francis Moehlman, MEd '84
Barbara Henderson, BS, '78
Bernice Williams, BS '00
(From The Educator)
Making a Difference Project: It takes two
ABOVE:: Diane Honor, ’04, a special education teacher at the Overbrook Educational Center in West Philadelphia, interacts with one of her students.
One alumna, a retired Berks County elementary school teacher from the College of Education’s Class of 1967, wanted to make a significant donation.
Another alumna, Diane Honor, ’04, a fourth-grade special education teacher at the School District of Philadelphia’s Overbrook Educational Center in West Philadelphia, had a need. She wanted to help her students do well in their upcoming Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests. But her children could not highlight material or write in the prep workbooks the school district had been issued.
Enter the Making a Difference Project, which brings together graduates of the College of Education interested in making a contribution — either of their money or their time and expertise — to help school children and their teachers meet a particular need.
Thanks to a generous contribution from the 1967 graduate, who wishes to remain anonymous, since October each of Honor’s 32 students has been able to personalize their own 100-page prep workbooks, one each for reading and mathematics. “Before we got the books, they had to copy everything into their notebooks and it was a rather laborious chore,” says Honor. “Since we got the books I’ve been able to teach them how to highlight important information and words. That’s the whole gig right there."
“I’m so grateful. This is so critical to my teaching and my students’ learning and development, and I just couldn’t afford to buy the books myself.”
In the fall and early winter, Honor and her students used the books two to three times a week in both small group instruction and entire class presentations. Since returning from the holiday break she’s upped that to three to four times a week in preparation for the spring test taken by every fourth, eighth and eleventh grader in the state. “I’m hoping to see a marked difference in their scores and perhaps make the case for everyone to have their own consumable workbooks in the future,” Honor says.
Each of Honor’s students sent a thank-you note to the donor of the books. “They were spelled right and real sweet,” the donor says. “They were really charming talking about how they loved to be able to write in the books. “Any time I can help kids I’m interested in doing it. I enjoy doing things with children.”