EAST LIVERPOOL - The legacy of a longtime East Liverpool nurse is being felt in the lives of young aspiring health professionals in the classroom of Nicole Dozier.
The Diversified Health Occupations class at East Liverpool High School recently received a $250 donation from Team Mojo Foundation, a local non-profit charitable organization, to help cover the cost of lab fees, uniforms, supplies and other expenses for low-income students.
"I know there's a need there because we've helped (East Liverpool) students in the past," said Team Mojo Founder Bill Crawford. "It seemed to make sense."
Bill Crawford, founder of Team Mojo Foundation, speaks to the Diversified Health Occupations class at East Liverpool High School on Friday. The class received $250 from the foundation to cover the cost of lab fees, uniforms, supplies and other expenses for underprivileged students. (Photo by Stephen Huba)
The money comes from memorial contributions made by friends and family of Marilyn "Sue" Tucker Creaturo, who died July 10, 2012, at the age of 71. Creaturo, a 1958 graduate of East Liverpool High School, worked most of her life as a nurse, having graduated from the East Liverpool City Hospital School of Nursing in 1962.
When Creaturo died, "her family generously asked that contributions be made to Team Mojo Foundation in lieu of flowers," Crawford said. "Sue's daughters were very excited about the idea."
Kimberly Creaturo and Melody Creaturo Gill, both of East Liverpool, approved the idea as a way to honor the memory of their mother, Crawford said.
"Sue was a longtime, well-respected, local nurse," he said, "so we're all pleased that these funds may help others become successful nurses too."
The money, just one of many ways Team Mojo has helped local students since its founding in 2010, will be distributed according to need by Dozier, who has worked as a registered nurse for 12 years and only recently began teaching.
Crawford said Team Mojo relies on the knowledge of teachers such as Dozier to ensure that donations get into the right hands.
"Interaction with schools is crucial for us," he said. "The key to us is the network we've established with school teachers, administrators and staff at the 20 schools in our coverage area."
Team Mojo provides assistance to students in need from school districts in East Liverpool, Wellsville, Midland, Pa., Hancock County and beyond.
Since October 2010, Team Mojo has distributed more than $21,000 in financial assistance, raised mostly through private donations and grants.
The charity's "success stories," according to its Web site, include helping five high school wrestlers pay for their team apparel and gear; helping several high school students afford an overnight field trip to Gettysburg, Pa.; getting three siblings started in piano lessons through the Free Music Lessons Project; subsidizing the cost of a church mission trip for two teenagers; donating more than 800 school supplies to four area elementary school teachers; purchasing new school clothes for children whose house was destroyed in a fire; and helping three high school girls pay for their prom tickets.
For more information on eligibility requirements and applying for assistance, visit the Web site: TeamMojoFoundation.org