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MCCC Education Students Host Awareness Events, Raise Funds for Womanspace


West Windsor, N.J. – This year members of the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Education Honor Society and the Future Teachers Club with a special focus in mind: to raise awareness in support of those who are bullied and those who are the victims of violence. Students teamed up with the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center for several programs.

"We chose to host events that raise awareness of the most vulnerable people among us," said Education student Marlene Cooper, who served as KDP president this year and is the past president of the Future Teachers Club. "As future educators, this population will need our support and understanding. There is much that we can do as teachers to intervene and make an impact when children are young."

In the fall, Kappa Delta Pi and the Future Teachers club hosted an Anti-Bullying Awareness Day, which included a screening of the documentary film “Bully” and a sale of baked goods and painted pumpkins to raise funds for Womanspace, a local nonprofit that provides support to women and families in crisis.  An additional bake sale fundraiser was held in the spring.

Recently, students invited representatives of Womanspace to the Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center to speak to sutdents about their services. A highlight of the event was a check presentation by Kappa Delta Pi President Marlene Cooper  to Womanspace representatives Megan Tantum and Kate Blake.



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Student Marlene Cooper, right, president of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, presents a check to Womanspace representatives Megan Tantum (left), children's specialist, and Kate Blake, prevention educator. The donation included proceeds from the group's fundraising efforts this year.

Students presented the Womanspace speakers with certificates of appreciation. From left are alumnus John Kobiernicki, who co-advises Kappa Delta Pi and is now a fifth grade teacher, Womanspace's Megan Tantum and Kate Blake, KDP Advisor and Education faculty member Elizabeth DeGiorgio, and KDP President Marlene Cooper.