What would it take for you to change your summer vacation plans? For Mike Masucci, the principal at Poland Union Elementary School, it was being asked to be the grand marshal for the 2012 Celebrate Poland Fireman's Parade.
When he was asked by parade chair John Whitinger, he simply replied "I would be honored." However, since the end of the school year was drawing near, Masucci's family had already been planning a vacation to visit family in another state during that time. When they learned that Mike had been asked to be the grand marshal the happily rearranged their plans so that he could participate in the parade.
"Mike was selected as grand marshal for the 2012 Celebrate Poland Fireman's Parade because of his selfless dedication and commitment to the youth here in Poland," said Whitinger. "He has not only demonstrated that he is a great teacher and leader, but also takes time to teach his kids life lessons." Under his guidance and leadership, he has also been the driving force behind many of the successful fundraising activities that both North Elementary and Poland Union Elementary Schools. He has helped his students raise thousands of dollars for organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Relay For Life of Poland.
Masucci graduated from Boardman High School in 1989 and holds degrees in both elementary education and educational administration from Youngstown State University. He started his teaching career in the Boardman Schools and began teaching in the Poland Schools almost 20 years ago. He became the Principal at North Elementary in 2002 and then was transferred to the principal position at Union Elementary in 2011. In addition, Masucci has served on the Poland School's Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Masucci is a current member of the Poland Rotary, Poland's Licensure and Professional Development Committee, Poland's Curriculum Council, board member for the Youngstown Flag Football Association and a current volunteer for the Poland Community Baseball Association where he also served as the manager from 1992 to 1998.
Masucci has been married to his wife, Michelle for 15 years and they have three children, Michael, 12, Katie, 10, and Hannah, 8. He said he enjoys traveling and spending time outside watching his kids play a variety of sports.
The Fireman's Parade will kick off the 2012 Celebrate Poland festivities at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29. The new Celebrate Poland two-day event will conclude on Saturday night with the always-spectacular fireworks display. Returning this year as the Lead Pyrotechnician will be Poland's own Greg Morrison from Colonial Fireworks.