Saturday, January 19, 2019 || By Community Editor|| @maywoodnews
Featured image: District 88 students helping to shovel snow for seniors on Jan. 19. | Courtesy Connie Riales/Facebook
Saturday’s snow storm dumped up to 9 inches on the Chicago area, halting plans and barricading some people in their homes. The weather, however, was gleefully anticipated by Bellwood resident Connie Riales, who used the snow fall on Jan. 19 to launch her new community service initiative.
As part of Riales’ program, which she established late last year, 8th graders at Roosevelt Junior High School in Bellwood District 88 can accumulate community service hours, which are necessary for them to graduate, by helping shovel snow outside the homes of area senior citizens.
During an interview in December, Riales said that D88 officials have warmly embraced her idea, so much so that the district’s superintendent, Mark Holder, joined the effort.
District 88 Supt. Mark Holder helping to shovel snow for senior citizens on Jan. 19. | Courtesy Connie Riales/Facebook
In a Facebook statement, Riales, who is a member of the Maywood Senior Club Advisory Board and a Bellwood Public Library trustee, said that D88’s transportation director, Tyreese Stafford, and Luigi Miguel Villaviza Cabantog, a community activist and Proviso West graduate, also helped the young people shovel.
“Seniors shouldn’t have to be alone,” Riales, a senior herself, said back in December. “They’ve worked hard all their lives and they shouldn’t worry about being snowed in and [not being able to] pay someone to get them out.” VFP
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