By Jordan Bruna
Jennifer ("Jenny") LaMott has been a hero to many people. She's someone that parents and former students of her Preschool Room where she worked at the Marcellus Community Childcare Center (MCCC) will never forget. The community is especially grateful to LaMott for organizing and running fundraisers through MCCC to raise thousands of dollars for the Marcellus Food Pantry over the course of about 10 years.
When I spoke to Jenny LaMott's daughter, Jodi Bellinger, I could sense immediately how proud Bellinger is of her Mom. She has good reason to be so proud. I found out that LaMott has an extensive background in helping others.
LaMott worked as a nurse in Syracuse for about 7 years, during which she served in nursing homes and at Upstate Medical in the Operating Room. From 1986-2006, LaMott worked at MCCC in the village of Marcellus. There she was a preschool teacher and loved her work.
"The reason I started there was that I have a genuine love for children and I was hoping that I could make a difference in their lives," LaMott said, "I still keep in touch with many of the parents. It was like a home environment there."
It was at MCCC that LaMott got the idea to have a "Trike-a-Thon" to raise money for Marcellus Food Pantry.
"I really believed in the program for the trike-a-thon because that encouraged the kids to find out what it's like to give something to the community. They went around and got sponsers. The younger kids rode laps around the parish hall on the bikes and earned a certain amount of money per lap for the Food Pantry," LaMott said, "The older kids would run the laps. Then, we would take a trip to the Food Pantry and show the kids all of the food that was collected. The kids felt good knowing that they did something for the community."