Upon first glance at the Mantua Community Center on this particular Wednesday afternoon, all seemed normal. There were about 14 children sitting in the lobby, patiently waiting for their parents to pick them up from daycare, and about four teachers were keeping a close eye on those who insisted on horse playing.
The truth is though, it wasn’t a normal Wednesday at all.
Wednesday, October 14th was the day that everyone at the center had been waiting for. It was the day they finally received funding from state to reopen the classroom they had to recently close due to the budget cuts. Plus, they learned that the pay cut the staff had to take would soon be reversed.
It was also the day of our interview with them, and needless to say, everyone was in a really good mood.
The interview process for this project went fairly smoothly. We got a lot of great information from the director of the day care program, Stephanie Simon, who was very passionate about her line of work. We also got the chance to speak to a few teachers, all of whom were extremely glad they no longer had to fear the loss of their job due to the lack of funding. Overall, the project turned out well because everyone involved with the daycare is very concerned with the betterment of the youth in their community, therefore giving us a lot of information to work with.
-Dustin Khebzou & Tiffany Jackson, Group 8, Mantua/Parkside