Sally A. Manley Ebenreiter

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After earning her degree, Sally Manley (BS 1952 Home Economics) taught in Highland Park, Illinois, at one of only three U.S. high schools in which the girls took a semester class that included hands-on learning in a nursery. In 1953, she married Thomas Ebenreiter (1927-2003) (BBA 1950; MBA 1952 Accounting) and began a long career as a homemaker and community volunteer. Sally’s 100 Women gift supports the Preschool Laboratory, an important resource for the children it nurtures. “The world is so fast today that children need to be exposed to other things than what they experience at home,” she said. Sally has strong memories of her undergraduate advisor, Helen Dawe, a professor and longtime director of the Preschool Laboratory, who served as the first director of the state’s Head Start Regional Training Program. She also helped establish standards and licensing procedures for nursery schools. Sally and Tom continued to come to UW football games and in town for Homecoming one year, toured the School of Human Ecology. They noted the architectural rendering of the new facilities. “We decided that would be a project for us. We’ve always been grateful to the university for our education.”

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