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June 10, 2011

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May 31, 2010

Preston H.S. provided superb teaching, beautiful surroundings and a supportive environment in which I learned all that I needed to know for my future career in higher education. Faith and compassion w... more

June 10, 2011

Attending Preston H.S. was the best possible preparation for my subsequent careers as a college teacher, dean and vice president of Eastern Connecticut State University and president of Hartford College for Women. When HCW merged with the University of Hartford in 1991, I was able to move on to a senior fellowship at the University of Virginia, a NEH fellowship at Stanford University, and a position as Executive Director of the Society for Values in Higher Education at Georgetown University, where I continued to teach one course in literature each semester. Preston prepares women for life and responsibility with a crucial difference from other schools: the sisters who are in charge of the school are Sisters of Divine Compassion and they have managed to translate compassion into the everyday language of girls and women, who in turn translate compassion into active engagement with the poor, the sick, the elderly and their own lives as public citizens of a democracy. Preston High deserves the title of "great," to which I would add "compassionate" non-profit.
Dr. Kathleen McGrory
Holland, MA

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Advancement in my career path, self-confidence based on hard work and academic preparation.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its annual operating budgets and spread the word far and wide about its winning combination of academic excellence, social responsibility and compassionate citizenship.

May 31, 2010

Preston H.S. provided superb teaching, beautiful surroundings and a supportive environment in which I learned all that I needed to know for my future career in higher education. Faith and compassion were evident in teachers and staff, and the school practiced what it preached. Building a life on that education, I became a state university dean and academic vice president, president of a college for women, and executive director of a non-profit organization at Georgetown, but it was at Preston that I became a strong and confident woman. It was the best education I could have received, and I'm grateful.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way it turns unsure and untried girls into well educated and self-confident women by giving them a strong educational basis on which to build a productive and satisfying life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

endow it with enough funds to spread the word to all the young women who need what it has to offer: that there is in the Bronx a girls' high school that has learned by experience how best to empower young women to make a difference in their world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its constant care for its students, staff and alumnae, and the obvious joy it takes in educating girls to become confident women.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, knowledgeable and proud of their association with Preston High. They really cared about our success while in school and after graduation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. Even without the 10 million, it is changing girls' lives for the better and doing a great job of it.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time after my own graduation helping students who were just beginning.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

adequate funding for all programs as the economy declines and additional space to grow.

One thing I'd also say is that...

God must love Preston High because everything about it reflects divine compassion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

The values I learned at Preston have served me all my life. The caring faculty provided the confidence to strive and achieve goals I had not thought possible. Options were provided that would shape my entire life. I am eternally grateful to the teachers who spend hours working with us to be accepted in the best colleges (no Sat prep courses for us) and the teachers who encouraged a young Bronx girl to follow her dream of studying math and physics! Preston has remained a part of my life to this day. I have served on the board and been supported of the fund raising events. When I visit the school,I can see that Preston is still providing opportunities for the young women of the Bronx to strive and achieve.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a graduate of Preston, I have experienced the results of the my education, my entire life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is no change in the education process that I would make. The only change I would suggest is to the physical plant.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

providing the young women of the Bronx a superior education

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring of the students and interested in well being

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide scholarships to deserving young women modernize the facilities.

Ways to make it better...

Could not have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

Preston High School was an experience I will always treasure and be grateful for. Preston inspired me to realize that I could accomplish any goal that I set my mind to. They not only provided me with an excellent education but the values, morals and integrity shaped me into the person I am today. I am the mother of four children, my daughter also attended Preston High School, and I credit Preston with the success I have achieved in life. A wonderful school for woman!!!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Preparing me for my future endeavors.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is nothing I would change about this organization. They are dedicated staff and faculty members.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The values they instill in all students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent, friendly and always professional and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue the essential work of educating fine women to take their place in our ever changing world.

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Future finances.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Everyone should have the opportunity to attend such a fine institute of learning.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

I was a shy, bright 13 year old from a lower-middle class Italian Bronx family who would become empowered to lead thanks to the outstanding education and welcoming atmosphere of Preston High School. I had teachers who helped me blossom such that I became a class leader, served as assistant editor of the school newspaper and the yearbook, was president of the math club, the science club, sang in the Glee Club, participated in extemporaneous speeches and poetry readings in city-wide competitions. I volunteered to teach religious education to a child in the South Bronx. I was prepared for college via an excellent academic education. The scholarships I received enabled me to attend a private college with tuition fully paid and to pursue my dream of teaching French, having a family, making a difference.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I taught in public schools for over 30 years in mostly urban areas serving a very diverse population. I have been a political activist especially through the League of Women Voters and have registered voters through several campaigns. Environmental activism relative to cleaning up Long Island Sound and recycling and solid waste management, along with running a garden club at my last school for 20 years and continuing to work "in the school garden" as a recently retired teacher are some of my areas of commitment. The sense of responsibility for the my personal spiritual and intellectual growth, my dedication to my family, the environment, and our nation were imbued in me during my years at Preston. Every day I feel a sense of gratitude that I was allowed to have the Preston experience and I so hope that it will continue to influence the lives of young Bronx women the way it has mine.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

insure that the young women do not have to worry about tuition payments when their families' economic situations are altered. I would like to see the physical plant upgraded to reflect the changing needs of the current students and society.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

where it led me. I taught in public schools for over 30 years in mostly urban areas serving a very diverse population. I have been a political activist especially through the League of Women Voters and have registered voters through several campaigns. Environmental activism relative to cleaning up Long Island Sound and recycling and solid waste management, along with running a garden club at my last school for 20 years and continuing to work "in the school garden" as a recently retired teacher are some of my areas of commitment. The sense of responsibility for the my personal spiritual and intellectual growth, my dedication to my family, the environment, and our nation were imbued in me during my years at Preston. Every day I feel a sense of gratitude that I was allowed to have the Preston experience and I so hope that it will continue to influence the lives of young Bronx women the way it has mine.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most dedicated women, mostly women, I had ever encountered. They literally gave their lives to us, their students, their 'children".

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revitalize the facility, upgrade its infrastructure like the electrical system, the plumbing, the repairs to the old building that are needed, establish an endowment fund for scholarship assistance to anyone who is in need, expand travel opportunities...

Ways to make it better...

I knew at the time how valuable it would be for me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a physical plant in need of major upgrades, a student population that has the need for a great deal of scholarship support, and the economic stresses of the current times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love this place. It helped mold me into the person I became. I always smile when I think about that. It was a huge financial burden for my parents, but they bore it. That, too, makes me smile, with gratitude.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

I was a student at Preston HS (PHS) 1958-1961 and the experience was pivotal in my academic, social, and professional development. The faculty were exceptional role models and gave each student the individual attention needed to succeed. The academic program was outstanding preparation for college..and life. The leadership opportunities for young women set me on the course for leadership positions in my professional and personal life. I have always been grateful to PHS because it showed that techers can make a difference in our lives. As a Board member I was always impressed with the dedication of the board and faculty to the young womens' success and development as outstanding, talented and compassionate women with a dedication to serving others.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how the organization prepares women for leadership and service to the community and for excellence in academic pursuits. In addition, PHS students have strong records of service to the community inwhich the school is located.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change it...except to better get the word out about the success of Preston graduates in order to attract more students and more grants for their programs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the 4 years that I attended Preston High School and my involvement with the board.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, intelligent individuals who dedicated time and effort to the success of the stduents.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build state of the art classrooms, labs and performance venues, and undertake a strong marketing programs to attact more students and provide scholarships.

Ways to make it better...

My experience was excellent.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding more resources for funding to build more programs, classrooms, and attracting more teachers as the high school grows.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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