If you stay tuned in, you get a sharp sense of what the Oro Valley community is all about.
On Jan. 29, I walked into a classroom at Wilson K-8 School behind the police chief, the mayor, several media and the parents of Frank Cipolla - a sixth grader being recognized for his civic good deed.
A man in his 70s with Alzheimer’s lost his way and Frank located him, summoned police and saw to the man’s return home. Frank received a framed citation of appreciation and handshake from the Chief, a flurry of media attention and high fives from the town council, but there were greater rewards: His proud parents stood at his side while his classmates applauded his accomplishment and Frank’s lingering memory will be of a positive experience with police and the thought that he just may have saved a man’s life.
The next day, I attended the annual Oro Valley Community Foundation Awards event at Splendido. The foundation considers the needs around us and grants are awarded in support of many deserving civic endeavors:
Make a Wish received a grant for 25 children in our area with a life threatening illness.
The Girl Scouts, GAP Ministries protecting children in protective custody, Edge High School providing alternative education to promote graduation, KIN Foundation are providing clothing and school supplies to disadvantaged children 1-5 years of age, Southern Arizona Symphony providing music in our local schools all received grants — hundreds of dollars.
Do you see a pattern here? Although there were grants for domestic abuse, elder care, Alzheimer’s assistance to families and training for women needing a job, the bulk of these awards were awarded to benefit children.
Concern for children in all circumstances is at a high heat among our older citizens and I salute them for their care and service.
We live in a wonderful community and Frank Cipolla, caring for the old, the community foundation caring for the young, just makes me proud.
One of the foundation grants was awarded to the Arizona Choral Arts Associations supporting choral programs in our schools.
And Pete Seeger who slipped away from us recently at age 94, famously said, “If you sing for children, you can’t really say there’s no hope.”