Alvarez honored with hero award

BLACKFOOT — If ever there was anyone worthy of a "community hero award, it is Christina Alvarez of Blackfoot. Alvarez is the recipient of this year's Community Hero Award, an annual award presented by the Blackfoot District of Boy Scouts of America. Alvarez was honored Monday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
Alavarez has served as the Migrant Home School Coordinator for the entire state of Idaho for over 20 years, making her the key player between migrant families and the education of their children.
According to Steven Drake Vice, Chairman of Programming for Blackfoot Scouts, Alvarez goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to her job description.
"Christina not only helps the migrant children get educated at home or in the public schools but she goes out of her way to help these families that are in need," Drake said. "She makes sure the students have warm coats, hats, gloves and shoes in the wintertime and she even found a local eye doctor to donate his time and give free eye exams to the children.
"She has excellent communication with the parents and helps in translating with parents and teachers whenever there is trouble communicating," Drake added.
Alvarez's co-workers describe her as trustworthy, kind, caring and devoted.
Upon receiving the award, Alvarez said, "I love working for the Boy Scouts and I am supportive of everything they do."
Drake said they always feels strongly about the teachers in the community and that they are all worthy of recognition; however, Alvarez and her devotion to her job and the migrant families that she works with make her especially worthy of the Community Hero Award.