Syracuse City School Employees Honored with Children's Guardian Award
Elsie Pagan-Alford was one of four Syracuse City School district employees honored Monday with a Children's Guardian Award from the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.
Representatives from McMahon/Ryan, including Julie Cecile, the group's executive director, showed up at Delaware Academy to surprise Pagan-Alford, who was the first to receive the award. Pagan-Alford was given balloons and a mug as her happy first-grade students looked on.
Milagros Escalera, principal at Delaware Academy, was thrilled Pagan-Alford was honored. “She is an advocate for her students,'' Escalera said. “We always knew that she was special.''
Other winners of the Guardian Award in the Syracuse City School district include Emily Patulski and Joanne Harlow from Bellevue Elementary School and Maria Scaravillo from Frazer School. Award recipients were also given a letter letting them know why they were chosen as winners.
“Children are our most precious resource. Yet, as you know, many children in this community lack love, attention and care; however, you strive daily to right this wrong. In you, we have noticed a tireless commitment to strengthen children and their families. We have noticed you caring for children and sharing your gifts in schools and the community. You not only believe that all children are special, but you make them feel that way too. We want you to know that, while it may not always feel like it, you are appreciated.''
At 4 p.m. April 27 the winners will be honored at a reception at the McMahon-Ryan headquarters, 601 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.
Founded in 1998, the McMahon-Ryan Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending child abuse. This is the first year they have given out the Children's Guardian Awards.