Cox Communications $5,000 Donation Ensures Civic Engagement Program Continues To Impact Local Students

Parma Auditor Brian Day addresses the fourth-grade audience.

With an increased interest in the government process during an election year, the City of Parma’s Leadership for Tomorrow program takes on new levels of relevance in its goal of educating Parma City School District fourth graders about the importance of civic engagement. This year, Leadership for Tomorrow has partnered with the offices of State Representative Jeff Crossman and State Senator Nickie Antonio, which issued proclamations of support for the program’s mission. A $5,000 donation from Cox Communications provides an additional boost by covering the entire cost of the program, which encompasses nine visits by eight public schools in the district. As students explore different functions and features of their local government offices, Representative Crossman and Senator Antonio will provide an extra layer of insight into what it means to perform the duties of an elected official in a close-knit community like Parma. “The City of Parma and Cox Communication’s commitment to providing students with unfettered access to their local government operations represents a tremendous opportunity for our young people,” Representative Crossman said. “Senator Antonio and I are excited to participate and help Parma students gain an appreciation for what it means to be engaged in the civic process.”

Cofounders of the Leadership for Tomorrow program – City Treasurer Tom Mastroianni, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and the late Anthony Zielinski, who preceded Mastroianni as city treasurer – wanted to help school-age children learn about how local government works. Cox Communications is a proud supporter of the program and partner to the city in its efforts to help young people see possible future careers in a municipal setting. “Leadership for Tomorrow continues to wield tremendous influence on the community and its students,” said Robert Brill, market vice president for Cox Communications “With the important jobs our municipal leaders hold, Cox is thrilled to see the exposure this program provides local students, year after year.” The program brings local fourth graders to Parma City Hall, where students hold a mock city council meeting about an issue the class has chosen to consider. The students then travel to the Parma Justice Center, where they learn about the court system.

“We have seen firsthand the enlightenment Leadership for Tomorrow sparks in our community’s children, and we’re delighted to once again have this support from Cox,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “By enhancing the program’s already robust educational offerings with the involvement of Rep. Crossman and Sen. Antonio, I’m confident our students will be inspired to grow their awareness of local government affairs.”

Carolyn Kovach

Carolyn J. Kovach

Director of Communications, City of Parma, Mayor's Office

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 2:02 PM, 11.30.2019