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Preston High School
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.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I volunteered at the Stillwell Foundation, taking care of parentless babies in the nursery, spent a day every year planting trees in Chinatown, NYC, visited the elderly in the Frances Chervier Home in the Bronx, and after graduation, returned to Preston a.

Preston High School
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

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I attended Preston H.S. and graduated with a Regents diploma.