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March Volunteer of the Month

Reported by on 3/20/14

BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month

While some parents might choose just one school organization in which to be involved, Luis Rivera volunteers his time with both the Athletic Booster Club and the Choir Parents Association at Waubonsie Valley High School. For his dedication in supporting students and teachers, he is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

Ever since his son, Andres, was in elementary school, Rivera has helped coach his sports teams, including football, baseball and soccer, and has volunteered at Gombert Elementary and Still Middle Schools. When his son began attending Waubonsie Valley High School four years ago, both became much more involved in sports and music. Rivera was vice president of the Booster Club and served as president of the Choir Parents Association.

Andres was on the Warriors football team and he was one of only six freshmen who auditioned for and became part of Sound Check, one of the top-rated show choirs in the country. Rivera has been there to see it all at every sporting event and performance, both in the audience and working behind the scenes as a volunteer.

“I feel volunteering at their schools is an important part of helping them grow up and also to be part of their lives,” Rivera said.

Although Andres is graduating from Waubonsie Valley this year, Rivera’s volunteering won’t end. His daughter, Bianca, will be a freshman at the high school this fall.

“There is so much that the kids can do and so much that the parents can help out with,” Rivera said. “It takes the whole community to support our kids and there is a strong group of parents at the high school who provide that support, but we can always use more help.”

BMO Harris Bank is helping District 204 recognize one volunteer each month who has generously given his or her time to support District 204’s students and schools. To celebrate these outstanding volunteers, BMO Harris Bank is donating $1,000 to the volunteer's school. To nominate an outstanding volunteer, visit

Luis Rivera was named District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month for March because of his extensive involvement with Waubonsie Valley’s music and athletic programs over the years.

Photo (l to r) Waubonsie Valley Principal Jason Stipp, District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month recipient Luis Rivera, Nicki McIntyre – BMO Harris Bank-Branch Manager 95th Street, and Chris Michalski – BMO Harris Bank Market President-Naperville.

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