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Cheltenham Elementary Receives Donation from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Third grade teacher Jennifer Danihel and her fellow Cheltenham Elementary School teachers are the recipients of a $3,600 gift from Perseverance Encampment № 135 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). The gift will fund flexible seating in Danihel's classroom so students can read and work comfortably in small groups. The balance of the donation has been put toward supplies for teachers.

“I try to have students work in small groups daily out of the traditional desk and chair setup,” Danihel said. “My students love working on the floor but do get uncomfortable quickly. These bean bags and pillows will greatly help!”

Founded in Baltimore in 1819, the IOOF “aims to provide a framework that promotes personal and social development; improve and elevate every person to a higher, nobler plane; extend sympathy and aid to those in need, making their burdens lighter, relieving the darkness of despair; to war against vice in every form, and to be a great moral power and influence for the good of humanity.”

“We are grateful to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for their generosity,” said Cheltenham Elementary Principal Nicholas Perez. “Studies show flexible, non-traditional seating options in the classroom provide an environment conducive to learning. Ms. Danihel’s goal is to have a fun and functional classroom for her students and the flexible seating make that possible.”

For information about the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, contact Elliot Tenenbaum at 215-641-1993.


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