Kiddie City Kids' Crusaders Recognized
We looked back twelve years to select and honor six women at Kiddie City’s annual “Funds for Fun” Saturday, April 14th. They are Kiddie City foundation builders from the very beginning and are still with us spreading our mission to Euclid area children. Helen Shelby, Valentina Vasili, Laura Asseff, and Jennifer Garza are valued staff members who continue to use their skills in classrooms as teachers, in the library as literacy or curriculum specialists, as mentors to new teachers, as familiar substitutes around the building, or in the office as the voices and faces of Kiddie City to new families and friends on the phone or in person. They earned early kudos working in tight spaces with limited resources as we grew from our first building at the corner of Wilmore and E. 200th Street to our expansion in 2010 across the driveway into the former barber and beauty shops, and our 2016 move to the former Lincoln Elementary School building on E. 206th St. We’ve grown from a staff of eight to a staff of forty full and part time employees.
Angelique King’s quest to become a Kids’ Crusader began before we opened our doors. Angelique and her son and grandson visited Kiddie City at our first open house and were the first students enrolled in the infant and toddler classrooms. As Angelique’s roles as parent and grandparent moved up the ranks in the Euclid School district, her role at Kiddie City changed to a valuable board member with an emphasis on making sure that Kiddie City continues to help parents find resources for their child’s special needs.
It was destined Carole Mozeleski would be included as a member of this class of super heroes for it was her building and house that gave Kiddie City Child Care Community a wonderful feeling of “home away from home” to the first children in 2006. Carole sacrificed a great deal in time, talent, and money to make Kiddie City a reality and for that we are grateful. Since our move to the Lincoln building, Carole has returned to Euclid and Kiddie City as a board member to help guide the organization through the second decade offering quality care and education to children, working to assist parents in their important job of parenting and elevating the profession of quality early childhood educators. She continues to use her great “do it herself” skills converting the former child care center back into her home. A Big Thank You to All of Our Talented KC Ladies!
P.S. Observer Readers…..You can be a Kids’ Crusader too! If you are doing some spring cleaning and wish to donate or recycle some of your craft supplies, kids’ toys, or a myriad of other hidden treasures, please consider a donation to Kiddie City Child Care Community - a local 501 c3 organization. Kiddie City staff members are preparing for a fun, creative summer with the children so, don’t just recycle on Earth Day, consider a donation to our area nonprofit. Call 216-481-9044 for a list and more information. Thank you, Neighbors!
Sherrie Zagorc is a co-founder, volunteer, and board member of Kiddie City Child Care Community in addition to being the chairperson of the E. 200th Street Stroll.