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A teacher behind a local effort to give inner city children in Youngstown a better education was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award.
On Thursday at A La Cart Catering in Canfield, the Ethnic Heritage Society honored Sister Jerome Corcoran for her contributions to the community.
Sister Jerome founded the Mill Creek Community Center and the Youngstown Community School. For 36 years, she directed the Mill Creek Children’s Center pre-school for children of lower-income working parents.
The Youngstown native attributes her success to organizations like the Ethnic Heritage Society, which is an organization dedicated to supporting ethnic communities and helping to preserve their heritage.
“This ethnic heritage group I think does a wonderful job in bringing us back to the reality that our heritage practically makes us what we are,” she said.
Sister Jerome remained a fixture at those schools until May of last year when there was some controversy over her replacement by the Board of Directors.
At the age of 96, Sister Jerome has embarked on a new ministry, “Sister Jerome’s Poor,” which focuses on relieving emergency situations for poor families, many of whom are working poor. The ministry operates with the understanding that children and young people are more likely to attend schools and universities when their basic needs have been addressed, including transportation, clothing and shoes, groceries, books, supplies and fees.
Sister Jerome received both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Catholic University of America and her PhD. in education and research from Case Western Reserve University.