By Seth Daniel
The Revere High School faculty members came together on March 31 for a fundraiser to cap off the efforts to begin a yearly scholarship in the memory of the late Revere High and Savio Prep teacher Richard Caprio.
Director of Humanities Christina Porter and Revere High Deputy Principal Jon Mitchell organized the event on March 31, which consisted of 13 teams made up of faculty members – as well as RHS alumni from the Rock Ensemble that played music.
The Trivia contest was championed by Mitchell, who created three rounds of questions for the teams.
The winning team ended up being Vandalay Industries, which was captained by Caprio’s long-time friend and colleague, Joe Ciccarello.
Caprio, who died at the age of 64 on Dec. 27, 2016, taught for many years at Revere High and Savio Prep in Eastie. He was a humanities and history teacher for most of that time, and was described as one teacher who made quite an imprint on his colleagues and his students.
“Everyone on staff wanted to push the idea of having a Memorial Scholarship,” said Porter. “Obviously, you want to raise enough funds to make sure the scholarship continues every year. He taught at Savio and Revere High and we thought we would raise funds in both communities. However, the trivia night came from Jon, who is a real trivia person. It sounded very fitting. Richard was a well-rounded man. Everyone who knew him knew that about him…He taught history here, but he was truly a renaissance man.”
Mitchell said the staff was very enthusiastic, and mentioned that they will be giving out the first scholarship in Caprio’s name to a Revere High senior this June. In it’s first year, it will be worth $2,000.
“He was such a dedicated teacher and beloved by his colleagues,” said Mitchell. “We wanted to do something to remember him every year. He loved all kinds of learning – literature, arts, music and he was also a sports fan. He touched so many people…We are pretty optimistic the trivia night can be an annual event to help raise money for the scholarship…We raised enough money to also fund the scholarship next year too.”
The scholarship fund is still accepting donations, and anyone who wishes to give can do so by mailing a check to Revere High School to the attention of ‘Caprio Scholarship Fund, Christina Porter.’