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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-07-2018

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36 IN OUR SCHOOLS JUNE 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION WOONSOCKET – Construction is nearly complete on the latest proj- ect at Mount St. Charles Academy, where two new outdoor areas near the school's cafeteria will serve as lunch patios and performance spaces for students, faculty and staff. President Alan Tenreiro said the new spaces, located on either side of the cafeteria, are designed to enhance the student experience and will allow students to eat their lunch outside in good weather. The formerly grassy spaces leading down to the basement cafeteria had been unused since the school's original construction in 1924. "Instead of having this steep, grassy, muddy hill that was there that was hard to maintain, now you have this patio on both sides on the bottom and terraced steps going up that you can sit on," he said. Due to the terraced nature of the space, the patio can also be used as an outdoor classroom or amphi- theater for student performances. Tenreiro said the first group to use the space will likely be participants in the school's Fine Arts Summer Camp taking place in July. "With our success at the vari- ous fundraising events and things that we've had this year, especially because of some gifts in kind that we've received that have saved us money on some other projects, we had a little bit more that we could do this project here," he said. The new patio space is one of several ongoing projects aimed at enhancing the student experience and bettering the school's atmo- sphere. Over the summer, adminis- trators plan to make improvements to the library and construct a new fitness room with cardio and weight equipment to replace an existing room in the school basement. Both projects will provide additional spac- es for students to use outside of the regular school day, as administra- tors plan to extend the hours during which students may remain in the building after school. "There haven't been machines in there for a number of years," Tenreiro said about the existing fit- ness room. "We want a place for our student athletes, especially with this program that we have next year that goes all the way until 6 p.m." In recent years, the school has taken on several projects related to its athletic facilities, including the construction of tennis courts on the other side of Logee Street from the main school building and ongoing improvements to the Br. Adelard Ice Arena. Tenreiro said that after many years of improvements to the school's classrooms and other inte- rior spaces, the focus is shifting to its outdoor spaces and athletic facilities. "This building, even though it was built in 1924, the interior of the building itself is very well main- tained," he said. "Our big goal is to really improve our outside facilities, our athletic facilities, because that has really been the focus and needs to be." Mount St. Charles Academy to open new patio and amphitheater By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY TOM WARD Here's the view from below of one of two new areas to be used as lunch patios for students at Mount St. Charles Academy, in Woonsocket. The door at center serves the school's cafeteria. The areas will also be used as spring classrooms and amphi- theaters for small performances, according to Mount President Alan Tenreiro. Workers with M.A. Excavation of Warwick were completing their work on the site in late May. LHS students win driver safety PSA contest LINCOLN – Lincoln High School students Alexandra Theroux and Julia Lombardi took the top spot in the second annual Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation PSA Contest. The pair created a 30-second video reminding motorists to drive respon- sibly. The objective of the contest is for high school students to find a cre- ative way to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and distract- ed driving, created in the memory of Katie DeCubellis, who was killed by a drunk driver at age 13. Local broadcast journalists Gene Valicenti, Tara Granahan and Laura Clarizio unanimously selected the first place video, earning the LHS students $1,000. In the winning video, students participating in vari- ous activities at school disappear as the sound of a crashing car plays. "This PSA is not only intriguing, but it holds your attention and gives viewers time to take a pause and think about the dangers of drinking and distracted driving," Clarizio said. "It takes you by surprise, but it's not in your face yet dramatic in an understated way." "This year we received even more entries, and we are impressed with the hard work and thoughtfulness students put into their 30-second public service announcements," said KDMF President Joel Chase. 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