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Thanks to Project Café for toy shop fundraiser

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

I am writing to thank Project Café for the wonderful “Toy Shop” fundraiser organized by students and parent volunteers on Dec 13 and 14.

With the help of Sister Milice Bohrer at St. James Church, transportation was arranged for four young moms to shop at the “Toy Shop,” all of whom are enrolled in Cazenovia Public Library literacy programs at CazCares. The young mothers are from Mexico and Guatemala, and are Spanish-speaking, with limited ability to understand English. Resident workers at a local dairy farm, they recently have begun attending English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at CazCares, where child care is provided for their preschool-aged little ones at our early literacy program, the Story Room at CazCares.

With gift coupons in hand, our ESL class was delighted to meet “Toy Shop” coordinator Molly Gabor, who was extremely helpful and welcoming. Organized in advance by Mrs. Gabor and Cazenovia High School Spanish teacher Susan McKillop, Project Café high school students studying Spanish were also on hand to guide the young mothers through the “Toy Shop.” With excellent Spanish-speaking skills which were much appreciated, the students were helpful and friendly, and made our group feel at home. Special thanks go out to students Alicia Clark, Emma Dudley and Eli LaGorga, who took the lead in lending their Spanish language expertise.

Selena, Glendi, Margarita and Maggie have asked me to convey their heartfelt appreciation. They were particularly happy to have the toys so beautifully wrapped. The student wrapping crew needs to be commended too, as the packages were decorated with candy canes, ribbons and all sorts of special Christmas touches. These families will all remember this Christmas as a very special one.

Merry Christmas to you all, and congrats, Project Care, on yet another well-organized Cazenovia event that brought very different members of our rural community together to celebrate the season.

Thanks again. Keep up the good work!

CINDY MCCALL AND CARLA ZIMMERMAN,

CAZENOVIA PUBLIC LIBRARY LITERACY AND CAZCARES

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