Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Some Good News

She who served so well, so long honored


Jeanette Scott walks about half a mile to school every day. Along the way, she chats with 5, 6-, and 7 year-old students about school work, not talking out of turn, how kids should behave, how to listen to their teachers.

But she is not 5, 6 or 7 years old. She is 94. And she is usually on her way to South Avondale Elementary School, where she has been a volunteer for 10 years.

"A lot of people don't have the patience to work with tots, but I do," she once said while tutoring 3- to 5-year-olds at the Kidd Kids Christian Academy, West End, through the Foster Grandparent Program.

Scott will have a few plaudits thrown her way from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the school during African-American Senior Day.

She will be inducted into the Council of Elders along with Donald and Marian Spencer, longtime civil rights leaders of Avondale, and Edgar Pillow, a community activist in College Hill.

[IMAGE] Jeanette Scott, 94, tutors Jason Cornelius, 4, at the Kidd Kid's Christian Academy where she volunteers.
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Scott can trace her work with kids back 88 years when she earned 20 cents a day helping with baby-sitting chores. Trained as a licensed practical nurse, she said she retired in 1969 from nursing to become a foster parent to a 4-day-old baby.

The induction ceremony is held in honor of Older Americans Month during May.

"On this day, we will celebrate the legacy of the African-American senior, giving them the honor that is due them, as well as providing them with information regarding services that are available to them," said Michelle Graves, co-chair of the event.

The program is sponsored by SO-ACT (Serving Older Adults Through Changing Times), SeniorSpirit live radio show WDBZ-FM (1230 ) and the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati.

For more information, call 641-0407.

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A $25,000 grant from the Fifth Third Foundation to the Lincoln Crawford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for Elderly African-Americans adds pieces to the dream of a Union soldier.

The history of the center can be traced to John Crawford, a soldier who escaped from a Confederate prison in Virginia with the help of slaves.

In Crawford's will he stated that his College Hillfarm be used as a home for elderly black men.

The home merged with the Lincoln Avenue Home for Aged Women in the 1970s becoming the Lincoln Avenue & Crawford's Home for the Aged.

It is now owned by the Wesley Services Organization.

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As the Ladyhawks, Cincinnati's women's soccer team, kicks of their season Saturday, the team will donate a dollar from every ticket sold to breast cancer research. The game is at 7:30 p.m. at Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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