Great Savio Reunion II:The Enduring Spartan Spirit

An all class Domenic Savio High School and Savio Preparatory High School reunion, in celebration of the school’s 60th anniversary, was held on Nov. 24 at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club.

The Great Savio Reunion II included a live auction to benefit the Spartan Fund in support of the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, which serves 1,500 children, ages 6-18, in afterschool and summer programs.

“This is about giving the Boys & Girls Club the tools to teach the values that were instilled in us as students, and to continue to make kids believe in themselves and hard work,” said Michael Triant, Class of 1997, and Salesian Boys & Girls Club executive director.

The late Wally Bowe, Salesian Boys Club staff member, Savio coach, and physical education teacher, was designated as an honorary alumnus and remembered for his service to the youth of East Boston. Former State Rep. Carlo Basile also announced the dedication of the intersection of Byron and Bennington streets as the Wally Bowe corner.

“I think Wally was the youngest man at the Salesian Boys Club at 15. He has done more for kids and people in the community than anyone I’ve known,” said Basile, who thanked the Bowe Family for sharing Wally with the Savio community. “The guy was so selfless. He loved helping troubled kids. If we had more Wally Bowes, it’d be a better world for all of us.”

Savio Spartans Anthony Guerriero, Lorene Schettino, and Coach Bill Maradei were also honored for their commitment and dedication to the community.

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