PDS Holiday Giving

Article about a PDS fund-raising event

IMG_3208.JPGby Megan Appleby (January 2009)

Every year during the holiday season, student interns in Penn State’s Professional Development School (PDS) discuss plans for an annual holiday party. In previous years, the PDS participants often held a traditional gift or book exchange among themselves. This year was a little different; we decided that instead of exchanging gifts, we would give back to our community.

A planning committee met and decided that the Ronald McDonald House of Hershey Medical Center, in Hershey, Pa., would be a great charity to give back to. This charity was chosen because it supports families whose children are hospitalized with severe illnesses. The charity provides families with temporary lodging, transportation, and other support services.

Our holiday party was a great success and included a huge turnout of gifts and donations from the PDS “family.” The PDS interns, professional development associates, and faculty turned out in an overwhelming way. We succeeded in raising $126.00 in cash and many baskets full of wish-list items and toys for the children during the holiday season.

The endeavor says a great deal about the group of people that are part of PDS this year. The Ronald McDonald House was appreciative of everything that was donated to them. I know each donation affected the life of a child and their family. We believe it is important to extend the same caring we live every day in the classroom to our surrounding community. I am proud to work with other PDS interns because they have such generous spirits.

The PDS, a partnership between Penn State and the State College Area School District, provides yearlong internship opportunities for Penn State education majors. It prides itself on the collaboration between student interns, mentor teachers, university faculty, and professional development associates that strive to better themselves in the professional world of teaching.

Megan Appleby is a senior majoring in elementary and kindergarten education.