Allan Homes Fund
Created in 2006 by Allan and Kathy Waschak, the foundation was initially open to volunteers in the Special Olympics swimming program. Following its inception, it has expanded and is now open to student volunteers in all Special Olympics sports programs.
Mentoring GT Math Students
In 1996-1997 using his engineering degree and love of math, Allan volunteered as a GT math mentor at Clarksville Elementary School in Howard County. Determined to show students the importance of mathematics knowledge in real life situations, his lessons revolved around the custom home that Allan Home was building across the street from the school.
All the problems had trick answers that made the students think outside the box. Calculating how many cement trucks were needed to pour the foundation footings. The footings were in inches, length in feet, conversion to cubic yards, conversion to tons of concrete then number of trucks. The answer was the whole number of trucks not a fraction of a truck. The students got to see the house from start to finish plus the owners’ oldest daughter was in the class.