RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The Valentine Richmond History Center has announced winners of the 2014 History Makers Awards. This year “Miss Community” Clovia Lawrence, Richmond Cycling Corps, Dorothy Gallimore of the Coal Pit Learning Center, Caritas and Bob Argabright are being recognized for their work to make our region a better place.
Today 8News caught up with Argabright at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School, where he volunteers about 40 hours a week. A back-to-school teacher luncheon was taking place, and Argabright was welcomed and hugged by just about every member of the staff. He considers them a part of his extended family.
“I’ve lost two sons and a son-in-law, and if it hadn’t been for the kids and the families in this community, I’d have never come through that,” says Argabright in one of the brightly-lit classrooms where he is making a difference.
Argabright started volunteering at the school ten years ago as part of the Micah Initiative, which matches faith community members with Richmond students who need help with their reading. He enjoyed every minute of it, but Argabright knew he could help beyond books and has worked tirelessly ever since.
“Seeing how small their little world is and then trying to bring resources into that world to level the playing field,” Argabright explains that he gets more from his efforts than the students do. “It’s thrilling to just be a part of that, just to see them really understand how unique they are and how bright they are.”
One of his favorite projects at the school is a butterfly garden that he planted with the students. Their butterfly-shaped stepping stones decorate it. It brings him joy to see the children respond to all of the colors.
Argabright’s heart for the Oak Grove-Bellemeade community makes him a History Maker. He says it is humbling, and in no way will his work stop with this honor.
“If it’s a plaque on the wall, that’s not what I’m looking for. It’s that exposure and just additional help and more people to feel like I do.”
Argabright and the other winners will receive their awards on October 21. 8News is a proud sponsor of this year’s celebration, and 8News Anchor Amy Lacey will serve as the event’s emcee. Follow this link for ticket information.
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