BERWYN – Berwyn's Fourth Ward Alderman Robert Fejt made a promise during his campaign last year for a seat on the City Council that he would give $500 out of his own pocket to each of the four schools in the Fourth Ward.
He made good on that promise Dec. 19.
Fejt visited Hiawatha, Komensky, Freedom Middle and St. Odilo schools and presented $500 checks to each of the school's principals.
"I needed to give back to the community," Fejt said. "I've been here for 50 years, and I want to have good schools and a good community."
While Fejt said he hasn't been questioned about his motives for giving $2,000 out of his pocket to the schools based on a promise he made during his election campaign, he did say he has been told by constituents that they hope he keeps the promises he made on the campaign trail.
Fejt, a Berwyn firefighter and owner of a landscaping business, said he made the promise to contribute to the schools to show his commitment to local schools and the people in his ward.
"I made a campaign promise last year that I would donate personal funds to help schools in my area and I'm honored to present checks to local Berwyn schools to help support them," Fejt said.