Small gifts are about to make a big difference at Penn GSE. All three 2013–2014 campaigns offered through the community focused crowd-funding initiative Microgiving @ Penn GSE have exceeded their goals, concluding on a high note and supporting efforts that will impact the local Philadelphia community as well as nationally significant education research.
The Project Write Scholarship Fund raised 108% of its $1,200 goal, totaling $1,290. Because of this fund, four Philadelphia high school students will be able to attend Project Write 2014, a two-week summer writing enrichment camp run by The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP). A site of the National Writing Project located at Penn GSE, PhilWP works to enhance the teaching of writing as a critical tool for learning in all Philadelphia schools.
The Lea School Classroom Library Fund raised 143% of its $3,000 goal, totaling $4,300. The Henry C. Lea School, located in West Philadelphia, will receive new and challenging books for sixth to eighth grade students due to the success of this fund. Penn recently deepened its partnership with Lea, with Penn GSE’s Dr. Caroline Watts coordinating efforts to support the West Philadelphia community’s ideas for revitalizing the school.
The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions Fund raised 128% of its $10,000 goal, totaling $12,825. The newly launched Center, the first of its kind, will use these funds to further its programming and research on Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).
Thank you to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of GSE who have supported these projects, demonstrating the commitment to making a difference that is at the heart of Penn GSE’s mission.
Microgiving @ Penn GSE will be back this fall with new opportunities for the GSE community to propose projects and seek crowdfunding.