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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-10-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Thirty years ago, a request to edu- cate one's children at home was rare enough to make front page news in the local paper. Today, school boards approve a list of requests toward the end of their meetings, often with no questions asked. Over the past 15 years, the num- ber of homeschooled students in Rhode Island has risen by some 42 percent, from 857 students statewide in 2002-2003 to 1,466 students in 2017-2018, according to statewide data provided to The Breeze by the Rhode Island Department of Education, in response to a records request. And with that increased popularity of homeschooling has come a wider public acceptance of the alternative education method, say area home educators. Some of the largest increases in homeschool populations are in northern Rhode Island, where: • Cumberland has seen a jump from 30 students 15 years ago to 70 students today. • Pawtucket has gone from 29 homeschooled students to 76 stu- dents. • Woonsocket's homeschool popu- lation has increased from 35 stu- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Zach at bat! BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ZACH ZITO, of the Lincoln Challenger team, just misses this pitch in his game against the Cumberland Youth Baseball/Softball League's Challenger Division team on Sunday at Garvin Field in Cumberland. He followed up with a hit later at bat. The two teams played under the lights for a fundraiser to help the league build a Challenger Division baseball field in Cumberland. See more photos on Page 30. Homeschooling growing in popularity See HOMESCHOOLING, Page 28 'It's empow- ering to parents to know that they actually have a say in their child's education.' DENISE MUDGE Cumberland parent who homeschools Local Cub Scouts planning active recruitment of girls LINCOLN – Leaders of Manville's Cub Scout Pack 1 say they will actively recruit girls in kindergarten through grade 5 at their spring recruitment this Friday, May 11, at the St. James Church gymnasium, 33 Division St., part of a national campaign by the Boy Scouts of America called Scout Me In. Cubmaster Ariane Lepore said By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See CUB SCOUTS, Page 26 Cumberland council tables measure to raise pay CUMBERLAND – It's been 18 years since Town Council members received a raise, says Councilor Bob Shaw, and after bumping up the mayor's salary two years ago, there's no reason future members of the governing board shouldn't also receive an increase for their efforts. At the council meet- ing last Wednesday, May 2, members discussed a Shaw- sponsored ordinance By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See RAISE, Page 24 SHAW ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 10-16, 2018 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Celebrating Moms who turn houses into homes! Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MeMber 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM Lisa LaMontagne Beausoleil, Carol LaMontagne & Keri LaMontagne-Croteau Happy Mother's Day! See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. © ADOBE STOCK Fitness for Seniors published by Senior Living Guide

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