The Alumnae Association along with students, faculty and board of trustees recently took part in the second Color Your Corner (CYC) project. We were introduced to CYC by alumna and board member, Suzanne Fortuna. Suzanne is a nurse at Rainbow Babies University Hospitals, where she is working daily with children and one of those patients was the daughter of Debbie Monahan. CYC was founded by Debbie Monahan.
CYC's Mission: With today's medical advances, more and more children who used to be bound to the hospital are able to develop at home. CYC allows for those children to develop at home, in an environment that accentuates their individual personalities. Many of these children spend the majority of their life in their bedrooms. Therefore, a positive, fun environment can be an extension to the child's medical development by making a technology dependent environment more kid friendly.
We were blessed to work with the Shantery Family for our second room. Jaida is a 4 year old who loves school, craft projects, polka dots and also has Spina Bifida. Jaida shares her room with 8 year old sister, Zoey.
We work with the family to see what is needed for the room makeover; Jaida needed things low to the ground and easier for her to access. She also needs a 'big girl' bed. The CYC team consisted of:
Teri Herrmann Corletzi ’90, Board of Trustee
Constance Korosec, Ph.D., Chair of Fashion
Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer ’03, Director of Alumnae Relations
Anne-Marie Gurko '09, Alumnae Specialist
Samantha Hamilton, Fashion Design student
Stephanie Pratt, Art student
Maggie Stark, Art student
This project is a very special one for Ursuline College and is able to take students out of the classroom and into the field to utilize their skills. The best moment of the project is the 'big reveal' to the family, seeing all their faces. It is something you never forget. To see more on the project, click here!