For Joey

RA senior organizes food drive for Joey’s Hope


Lori Lyons

RA senior Thomas Mazzella IV is organizing a food drive for Joey’s Hope NOLA.

Kallie Bourgeois, Editor

As his time spent at Riverside Academy is coming to a close, Senior Class President Thomas Mazzella IV was reflecting on how he would be remembered from his time at RA. He wanted to leave a mark as more than the Pharaoh in the spring musical this year, a baseball player, and even just more than a teacher’s son.

Mazzella realized how blessed he’s been to attend a private school and never have to worry about his home life or next meal. So he found a way to leave a mark, but he needs help from the teachers, parents, and students of this community. He has put together a Food Drive for Joey’s Hope NOLA fundraiser, which provides food, clothing, and shelter to children in need.

Mazzella also has a special connection to the late USMC Sgt. Joseph Bovia, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

“Joey was a good family friend; my mom was his babysitter, and eventually, he became a role model to my sister and me and a long-time family friend,” Mazzella said. “Joey’s dream was to become a Marine, which he did. Unfortunately, he was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.  His mom started The Joey’s Hope Foundation in his memory and his love of helping children. I would like to have a food donation in his name.  I encourage you to participate so that this fundraiser can be a success and we can help children stay fed.”

He asks that all items be single serving including: mac and cheese, fruit snacks, peanuts, vegetables (green beans, carrots, corn), oatmeal, raisins, cereal, shelf ready milk, juice boxes, ravioli, peanut butter or cheese crackers. All donations need to be brought to school by April 28th.