New bridge named for longtime school volunteer
Jeremy M. Lazarus | 3/22/2019, 6 a.m.
Robert S. “Bob” Argabright II is receiving special recognition for his volunteer service to Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School in South Side.
A newly constructed bridge over Albro Creek that flows past the school was officially named for Mr. Argabright was named for him last Saturday.
Sixth District City Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson, who won unanimous support for the renaming from her City Council colleagues, led the ceremony.
Mr. Argabright led a project to develop a trail to enable students who live nearby to more easily walk to school. The bridge is a part of the trail.
A former executive with Chesapeake Corp., Mr. Argabright has volunteered at the school for 15 years and continues to use his time, resources and fundraising prowess to benefit students and teachers, Ms. Robertson noted.
He was introduced to the school through the regional Micah Initiative that pairs volunteers with schools, and now spends 30 to 40 hours a week volunteering at Oak Grove-Bellemeade.
In addition to tutoring youngsters, Mr. Argabright has secured and distributed donated bikes to students and started and maintains after-school sports programs.