2015-02 - Libby Walker

The February 2015 recipient of the Metta Students Foundation $1,000 grant is Libby Walker of Hopkinton Rhode Island.

“Libby Walker is an exceptional young lady. Not only is she a top academic student, Libby understands the importance of giving back to the community,” says Barry Ricci the Superintendent of Schools at the Chariho Regional School District. “While Libby has been involved in other service activities, her Shovel Brigade project is unique in that Libby initiated, planned, and supported a group activity to assist members of our community unable to shovel their drives and walks. This successful endeavor sets her apart in that she has set a high bar for other students who are interested in giving back to their community.

“I started the Shovel Brigade because one winter night, it occurred to me that once I had gone off to college, my parents wouldn't have anybody to shovel for them, and they would either have to do it themselves, or find somebody else to shovel,” says Walker, “I knew that as time went on, it would become harder and harder for them to complete this task. Then I started to think about people currently in this situation. I wondered what they did in heavy snow storms. It was then that I decided I needed to create a volunteer program that would come to the aid of these elderly and handicapped Chariho residents.”

The Shovel Brigade is a free volunteer service, with the help of fifteen student volunteers and several parent drivers, the Shovel Brigade has helped more than thirty-six individuals over the past four years on numerous occasions during winter storms.