In July, Mayor Arrigo launched the Public Service Honor of the Month Campaign to highlight Revere’s outstanding public service workers for their dedication to making the city a better place. For the month of September, Mayor Arrigo has highlighted school nurse Risa Ferrara.
Q: What do you do in the City?
A: I work at the Garfield Elementary School as a school nurse.
Q: What did you do throughout the pandemic?
A: I have been working since March 2020 with a great group of people which is why I continue to do this work daily. At the beginning of the pandemic all the nurses asked what we could do to help. It was a new learning experience for all of us, but we were ready and willing to do what needed to be done. My day typically starts around 5:30/6am. Each day I gather information on all the new daily cases so that a daily report can be sent to the Emergency Response Team. I also meet weekly with the contract tracing team to discuss what happened over the last week and how we can improve as a city. There is still work to be done but we have come a long way since the beginning. I plan on continuing to do this until the end.
Q: What is your favorite part about working in the city?
A: My favorite part of working in the city is the new relationships I have made over the years. It’s like one big family.
Q: When did you start working in Revere?
A: This is my sixth year working for the city of Revere.
Q: What does public service mean to you?
A: Public Service for me is making sure I always do my best and hope that what I do will make a difference.
Q: What are you excited about for the future of Revere?
A: Growing up in Revere, I have seen a lot of changes. I love all the changes that have been made and continue to be made especially all the restaurant choices. I enjoy going out to eat and look forward to more options in the future.