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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-27-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 WOONSOCKET 5 WOONSOCKET – Kris Wright, site coordinator for the Connecting for Children and Families after-school program at Woonsocket High School, was recently named an after-school director of the year by the Rhode Island Afterschool Network. Wright, who lives in Cumberland, has served as coordinator of the after-school program since 2011. Working with a team of three oth- ers, she oversees several after-school clubs and activities offered by CCF in partnership with Woonsocket High School. These include everything from a school newspaper, to a video game design club, to science clubs and a cre- ative writing class. "I think people would be shocked to know how much there is here in the school," she said. While the program draws many of its instructors from the ranks of WHS teachers, the clubs are independent from those administered directly by the high school. Instead, they draw their funding from federal 21st-century learning grants overseen by CCF. This means Wright's programs are not subject to potential budget cuts dur- ing the school budget process, nor do they depend on volunteers that could be affected by situations such as last year's work-to-rule protest. "We've been really lucky to have really support- ive administra- tion here, and the faculty and staff have been awesome," she said. Through the 21st-century learning grants, CCF is also able to offer some addi- tional funding to established school programs such as music department activities, she added. For high school students, having access to dependable after-school programs is an important part of their education, said Wright. The CCF program serves between 100 and 150 students every day. Teenagers can sign up for individual clubs and programs or drop in to the library for after- school help three days per week. As part of the grant requirements, said Wright, the programs are designed to teach skills students can use later in life. "Even the fun things, they're always things that utilize skills they will be able to use beyond high school," she said. Wright is no stranger to after- school programs. Growing up in Cumberland, she said, she came from a family of educators that includes her dad and all of her siblings. With Educator from Cumberland honored for work at WHS By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer WRIGHT See AWARD, Page 16 W inter B all Solstice Ball • Company Party 2044 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 231-2370 • Tis the Season to be Jolly & Smart... Why buy when you can rent? $45 Your Choice Tuxedo or Suit North Providence School Department 2240 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI 02911 Office: 401-233-1100 is soliciting cost proposals for Middle School Spring Supplies and Equipment Requests for proposals will be issued on 12/03/2019 Proposals will be opened at North Providence Central Administration Office on 12/13/2019 @ 10 a.m. DISABILITY IS OF SINGULAR IMPORTANCE According to recent research by the Council for Disability Awareness, one-quarter of working women will experience a serious work disability at some point in their career. However, more than half of single female workers between the ages of 20 and 65 do not have disability insurance. Even among those who do have disability insurance, little more than half say that they have a sufficient amount. Without this critical form of insurance, women who are the sole earners of their households are likely to experience greater financial hardship than those in two-income households if they become unable to work due to illness, injury, or pregnancy. Cancer, mental health issues, and back problems are the major causes of long-term disability. There are two main types of disability insurance – short-term and long-term coverage. Both replace a portion of your monthly base salary up to a cap, such as $10,000, during disability. Some long-term policies pay for additional services, such as training to return to the workforce. For information, please call HUNTER INSURANCE, INC. at 769-9500, or see us at 389 Old River Rd., Lincoln. We emphasize life insurance an annuities, disability and long term care insurance, as well as retirement and college savings plans. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year! NOTE: Pregnancy is the most common cause of short-term disability. Walid Saber, MD FACC, FSCAL, RPVI Chief of Cardiology - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School Ibrahim Elgabry, MD FACC Director of Cardiac Rehab - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School World Class Care . . . So Close To Home Our Services: Cardiac Testing & Therapy Vascular Testing & Therapy Fully accredited state-of-the-art facility utilizing advanced technologies and expert techniques. 191 Social Street, Suite 100, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 401-597-6500 Ground Breaking Solutions for Varicose Veins!

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