First Lady builds bus shelters
Guam - Students living in the Malojloj area will be getting a new typhoon-proof bus shelter with the help of the First Lady Christine M.S. Calvo's Rigålu Foundation and Johnson Controls. A ceremony was held this morning to celebrate the first groundbreaking of the permanent bus shelter project.
"One of the major concerns brought to me by a lot of parents is the fact that sometimes, students don't know where exactly to wait for their busses in the morning. I wanted to help make sure that our kids have a safe place from the rain to start their school day. I'm really excited to get this project get started," First Lady Calvo said. "This is just the first of many shelters that need to be built. We've got a lot of great partners on board for more bus stops and we're hoping more partners will step forward. This is something we can all do for all Guam's children."
"The Bus Stops Here" is a permanent bus shelter construction project led by the Rigålu Foundation in partnership with local businesses and organizations to build 111 bus shelters at locations identified and approved by the Department of Public Works. The Rotary Club of Guam also partnered in this effort by providing the design documents necessary for construction.
Funding for the bus shelters, estimated at about $9,000 per unit, is being provided by various businesses and organizations who have come forward to work with the Rigålu Foundation. About 20 more bus shelters are currently scheduled for construction within the coming months.
"I'd really like to thank my wife for making this happen. She's my partner in the work we do for the people, most especially the children of Guam," Governor Eddie Baza Calvo said. "She's helping bring out the best in our community with partners like Johnson Controls. They really are setting an important example of being good corporate citizens."
The First Lady is calling on all community organizations and interested businesses to help in any way they can.
"For many children, their school day starts at the bus stops. This is where we can all come in and help make a difference. I'm so proud to have worked with Johnson Controls and I hope others like them come forward to help," First Lady Calvo said. "Rigålu already has done all the leg work for the bus shelters. We just need partners and volunteers to help make it happen."