Unsung Hero: Ricardo Del Bosque
February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.
Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.
Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 11
Ricardo Del Bosque - Shelton
Ricardo began his professional career as a Federal Agent in Mexico. In the early 90's he moved to Shelton and began working construction. When an injury prevented him from returning to construction, his vocational counselor offered education as a possible new field. According to Ricardo, “other career choices paled in comparison.”
For the past years, Ricardo has worked for Shelton School District as the Family Support coordinator where he works tirelessly to build bridges between the mainstream systems and Spanish speaking families and their children. His colleagues describe Ricardo as the person the entire Spanish-speaking community in Shelton turns to with their questions about health care, schooling, housing, employment, immigration, guidance for errant teenagers and so much more.
In one occasion three siblings needed a home due to legal issues with their parents. After many efforts to find a home for the three of them, Ricardo decided to become a foster parent and host the three of them so that the children could stay together during this difficult time.
In fact, Ricardo is a resource for the whole community, fostering greater cultural understanding, smoothing over tensions and helping colleagues appreciate the challenges their Spanish-speaking students face. In summary, he loves helping children learn and succeed.
For one of his colleagues, Ricardo’s work is pivotal to student success. She says, “I cannot imagine supporting the needs of my students without Ricardo’s amazing work. His deep, abiding commitment sustains the hopes and dreams of so many of us and our students.”
Nominator: Ricky Del Bosque