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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-11-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Wearing her cap and gown as she rides through Chepachet is Ponaganset High School graduate ELLA WILLIAMS, part of the Senior Send Off Car Procession for the Class of 2020 held last Wednesday. The procession started at West Glocester Elementary School and ended at Ponaganset High School. PHS Principal Renee Palazzo explained that graduating students usually visit the elementary school that they attended and then enjoy a normal graduation ceremony. In light of the corona- virus pandemic, school officials and parents decided to give graduates a virtual graduation and then a live procession through Glocester as a final send-off. See more photos on page 8. GLOCESTER – Teachers, students and school administrators repeated throughout recorded graduation ceremonies for the Ponaganset High School Class of 2020 that though com- mencement was different this year, the signifying moment stood for the years of hard work everyone took to get there. Filmed in the weeks leading up to graduation night, June 5, students arrived at PHS last Friday to walk across the steps one final time sur- rounded by teachers and family mem- bers. Due to social distancing rules, mem- bers drove around the school's round- about, got out to watch their name called, and got back into their cars to drive away. During recording, Supt. Michael Barnes said the ceremony allowed for each student to get individualized attention and finish with a professional headshot. He said he was happy to see how the community rallied around the Class of 2020. "These last three months is not what anybody envisioned," he said during his commencement speech. He said graduation remains an event Ponaganset grads reflect on success despite adversity By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See PHS, Page 6 SCITUATE – Hardships in life develop character, said Scituate High School Principal Michael Hassell dur- ing his opening remarks of graduation Scituate celebrates Class of 2020 By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SCITUATE, Page 10 SMITHFIELD – In a word, says School Committee Chairwoman Rose Marie Cipriano, the Smithfield High School Class of 2020 defines kindness. Cipriano's speech was prerecord- ed for Tuesday's commencement ceremony honoring the "ambi- tious, articulate, and academically driven" Class of 2020. She called SHS seniors the class that pushed the envelope to figure things out by improving aspects of life and events around them. She said the class is leadership-driven and chose "kindness" as its key word in January. Smithfield's Class of 2020 hailed as ambitious, kind By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SMITHFIELD, Page 17 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JUNE 11-17, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Your One Stop Source for: HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE Smithfield • Bellingham locations only. NOW THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020 WE'RE OPEN! 375 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, RI 401-757-6872 421 Polaski Blvd., Bellingham, MA 774-460-6084 RETAIL HELP WANTED •CBD Lotions •Healing Balms •Tinctures •CBD Pet Products Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary! ONLINE LEARNING Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 • Career Building • Excel • Communication • PowerPoint • Digital Marketing • Women in Business • Entrepreneurship • Security Awareness Online Professional Development

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