PARMA, Ohio – For about 50 students from John Muir Elementary School’s fourth grade classes, a field trip to City Hall and the Justice Center Feb. 24 could be the inspiration for a career in public service.

The trip was part of the Leadership for Tomorrow program, co-founded by City Treasurer Tom Mastroianni, Mayor Tim DeGeeter and the late Anthony Zielinski. The trio envisioned a program in which school-age children could learn about municipal government and ignite an interest that could lead to future public service.

The three fourth grade teachers at John Muir were happy to bring their classes on the visit. Karen Mabry, Mary Ravanelli and Brenda Prezenkowski have been teaching at John Muir for many years. Prezenkowski, in particular, has been there for 27 years.

Cox Communications’ Marketing Vice President Robert Brill presented a $3,000 check in support of the program.

“As an organization, Leadership for Tomorrow is a catalyst for inspiring students to get involved in their communities and local government,” Brill said. “At Cox, we’re committed to forging community partnerships that drive civic engagement, and we’re proud to offer our support to Leadership for Tomorrow.”

“Cox is a great community partner whose generous donation has helped Parma-area public and private school children learn a civics lesson,” Mastroianni said.

“I’m grateful to Cox Communications for helping to sustain this important learning experience,” DeGeeter said.

Get Help: Sports & Scholars, Inc., a Greater Cleveland charitable and fundraising organization, is offering to help students and amateur athletes (ages 21 and under) with school or sports expenses. 

Requirements include a completed application, a short essay, a letter of recommendation, and a fee schedule or invoice from the school or program for which the funds are needed.  Applications are due March 30 and can be obtained by emailing

Job Fair: The Polaris Career Center is hosting its 10th annual Polaris/Westshore Career Fair from 9 a.m. to noon March 29 at Polaris, 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights.

The job fair is a collaboration between Polaris, Cuyahoga County Job & Family Services and many other community organizations. Over 75 potential employers will participate this year, and over 500 job seekers are expected.

For more information on the job fair, call 216-987-7010.

Reminder: There’s still time to get tickets for the Parma Partners In Education’s pierogi dinner March 3 at the Parma Senior High School Cafeteria. A fish and pierogi dinner is $10, and a pierogi dinner is $8. Carry-out is available. Advance sale only.

The Normandy High School Sword & Shield restaurant staff will be doing the cooking, and there will be entertainment by Parma City School District students.

Tickets are available at all school locations and the Central Office. Call 440-842-5300. All proceeds support the Parma City Schools.

Green Ribbon: The folks at Big Creek Connects are joining with the Green Ribbon Coalition for a “Call to Action” social event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Bier Market/Bar Cento, 1948 W. 25th Street in Ohio City. Donation is $10. Contact

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