Riccio wins Abilis’ award

Frank Riccio, eighth grade at Beacon, on right, and Christopher Duncan, seventh grade at Pinnacle at a peer mentoring session.

Frank Riccio, eighth grade at Beacon, on right, and Christopher Duncan, seventh grade at Pinnacle at a peer mentoring session.

Good citizens come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Abilis recently recognized Beacon School student and Greenwich resident Frank Riccio for his community service work.

Part of a Beacon education includes a commitment to community service. Students are encouraged to give back to their community through volunteer work and involvement in community projects. Frank has taken this to heart and takes time during his lunch and study hall periods to mentor younger students in fifth and seventh grade who attend Pinnacle, the Greenwich Education Group School for students who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disability or ADHD.

Frank tutors them on homework assignments, as well as socializing with his mentees outside of their assigned time together. In the words of one of the boys, “Our time together is special.”

For his work, Frank was awarded The Peter Bloomer Citizenship Award. The Peter Bloomer Citizenship Award, Middle School Level, is presented to a graduating student who demonstrates an outstanding level of sensitivity toward people with disabilities through leadership, involvement and participation in activities that benefit citizens with disabilities.

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