Teacher says farewell to center after 43 years

Ms. Claire (pink shirt) celebrates her retirement with her KinderCare family.

Ms. Claire (pink shirt) celebrates her retirement with her KinderCare family.

The end of 2014 marked the end of an era at the Folcroft KinderCare in Pennsylvania as long time teacher Claire Diluzio retired from the center she helped open 43 years ago. For the past four decades Claire lent a hand to center families in just about every capacity: from cook, to floater teacher, to infant room teacher. No matter what happened outside of the center walls – snowstorms, sleet, floods – everyone could count on Claire being at the Folcroft center to support her students and families.

“She has been a pillar of the center,” said Ellen Wilson, district manager who explained Claire knew all of the children and their families and could always be counted on for a smile, a hug, and a warm greeting.

The Folcroft KinderCare center celebrated Ms. Claire's career in style.

The Folcroft KinderCare center celebrated Ms. Claire’s career in style.

In short, Claire did what the best of teachers do: made her center feel like home for her families. As she said farewell to her KinderCare family at a party held in her honor at the end of December, she left behind 43 years’ worth of children who whose lives she impacted through her work at the Folcroft KinderCare: a legacy to be proud of.

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