Berwyn’s 8th Ward Alderman Nora Laureto conducted a unique beautification project along the Roosevelt Road business corridor this past week involving 25 teen volunteers from Youth Crossroads and resident adult artists from the Berwyn Arts Initiative; Music (BAM) organization. About ten fire hydrants along Roosevelt Road between Wenonah and East Avenues were transformed with paint by the teens into dragons, bubble gum machines, music sheets, and other creative themes under the watchful eye of local artists.
With all paint and supplies donated by Alderman Laureto, approval from the Berwyn Fire Department, and cooperation from Berwyn’s Public Works Department, the volunteers spent most of Saturday, October 17, creating the masterpieces. Alderman Laureto expressed her satisfaction with the project,
“This wonderful group of volunteer teens did an amazing job brightening up Roosevelt Road. It’s great to see local young people get involved in their community, and they should be proud of their contribution to this city.”
Alderman Nora Laureto, Sofia Zabawa, Lupe Blanco, and Rosie Diaz complete work on their gumball machine hydrant. Dragon: Alejandra Herrera puts the finishing touches on her team’s dragon hydrant. Dalmation: Stephanie Barajas and Daniella Ortega show off this dog-ready hydrant with their clever design. Clouds: Michelle Mora, Melissa Bobadilla. Pizza: Max Ramos. Mario Brother: Juan Valdez. Music: Pink Base Coat: Issac Saucedo and Janie Dam. Dragon: Alejandra Herrera and Bernice Pina.