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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-13-2019

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WOONSOCKET – It was a long year for Woonsocket High School's class of 2019, but the challenges made the victory that much sweeter for the 274 graduates who walked the stage last Friday, June 7, at Barry Field. The class of 2019 has faced more setbacks than perhaps any other class in recent memory, but students did Class of 2019 takes on adversity 'the Novan way' By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – A few drops of rain didn't stop parents, teachers and the class of 2019 from enjoying the 51st North Smithfield High School graduation ceremonies, which took place on the high school turf field last Thursday, June 6. Distant rumbles of thunder gave North Smithfield graduates celebrate their accomplishments By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON JUSTYNA ROSARIO points out her name in the Woonsocket High School Commencement program to her father, GERALDO ROSARIO, before the cer- emony started last Friday afternoon. See more photos on pages 10-13. AMYA JOHNSON, 2, joins her mom, IJHALEI JOHNSON in the commencement procession dur- ing graduation exercises at North Smithfield High School. See more photos on pages 6-9. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON See WOONSOCKET, Page 10 See NSHS, Page 6 Halliwell School closing after 62 years Teachers, alumni remember beloved school campus NORTH SMITHFIELD – Next Monday, June 17, students, teachers and parents will say goodbye to a school that has been a second home for the children of North Smithfield for more than 60 years. After several years of plans and discussions, the Dr. Harry L. Halliwell Memorial School is slated to close after the current school year. On Monday, students, families, faculty and alumni will gather at 9 a.m. for a closing ceremony that will include a tribute to the memories shared at the school over the years. For members of the three genera- tions that called Halliwell home, those memories include making the trek between the school's separated classrooms and outbuildings in all types of weather as they moved about their day. When Palma Biron, a North Smithfield native, arrived to teach English at Halliwell in 1957, the first year it opened, the unique, California-style campus was a brand- new concept beloved by teachers and students. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See HALLIWELL, Page 21 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 13-19, 2019 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! 401-475-6116

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