Just more than two years ago, Matt Picciuto filled out his senior profile form for the high school yearbook saying his future goals included going to college, getting married, having kids and making a difference in the world.
“It all tragically ended,” said Sue Calamita, a neighbor. “He was killed in a speeding accident. His mom, Lynn Riordan, knew she couldn’t help him do the other things, but she can help make a difference.”
Since Matt's death on May 23, 2009, Riordan has been on a mission to encourage people to slow down, hoping to make a difference. This year will mark the second annual , which will be held on Sunday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. In 2009, more than 1,000 participated in a walk around the track at North Branford High School in remembrance, walking 18 laps for Matt's 18 years of life.
Leading up to the event, this year, there's a new addition to the campaign as residents can post Matt’s Mission Fund signs that say “We Care! Do you? Please Slow Down.”
Riordan ordered 200 signs to be placed on lawns throughout town to help spread the message. She has teamed up with a committee that also includes neighbor Sue Calamita to find residents who would like to post the signs. More than 100 people have requested signs for their lawns so far. The committee is meeting this Sunday distribute them.
“Everyone has been very supportive,” said Calamita. “People just need to slow down and we’re hoping to get the message out.”
If you are interested in posting a sign in your yard, email Calamita at firstname.lastname@example.org.