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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-07-2018

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40 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN JUNE 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Anonymous donor helps teacher transform stairs into learning tools at B.F. Norton CUMBERLAND – B.F. Norton Elementary School art teacher Tara Villanova was looking for a way to bring some colorful education to the old gray staircases in the school when she found a company that produces custom stair riser panels. Villanova started raising money last year to purchase the panels, and word quickly spread. At the beginning of this year, an anonymous donor gave all of the $3,500 needed to purchase and install them. Villanova told The Breeze she knows nothing about the donor, other than "that they are very kind and gener- ous," and they like peanut butter and chocolate, of which she now owes them a lifetime supply. Teacher volunteers installed the panels over April vacation, and the students came back to quite a surprise. The panels include multiplication, addition and fraction facts, spelling words, and money values. "Everyone loves them and all they've added to the school," said Villanova. Students can't miss what's on the stairs as they watch their step. "Every stair has something for kids to see and learn," she said. The art instructor said she was walk- ing through the school one day when she came up with the idea of paint- ing the stairs to brighten up the gray. It didn't take long for her to realize the magnitude of that project, so she began looking into the idea of trans- forming them into an educational tool. She eventually came across a UPS store in Tennessee that specializes in these panels, which are attached to stairs with strong adhesive. Now, students are learning even when they're not in class, which can only help the school as it pursues edu- cational gains, said Villanova She said she's of the opinion that some of the simplest and most effec- tive educational efforts are made by teachers who love their students and want what's best for them. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor TARA VILLANOVA, sitting in the middle of the top stair, is pictured with some of the volunteers who helped her revamp the stairs at B.F. Norton Elementary School with new educa- tional themes. Pack 711 invites boys, girls to Scout sign up LINCOLN – Cub Scout Pack 711, Albion, invites children enter- ing kindergarten through grade 5 to its Space Derby Sign Up Event on Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church Hall, 191 School St., in Albion. Boys and girls are welcome. The cost is $5 per child, and chil- dren can build rockets and learn more about the Scouting program. Call Kristen Kube with questions at 862-219-3756 or email kristen. . DIY greeting card craft at the library Tuesday LINCOLN – Families are invited to create one-of-a-kind greet- ing cards for their loved ones on Tuesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road. This craft, just in time for Father's Day, requires reg- istration for parents and children. All supplies will be provided. Stop by the Reference Desk to register or call 401-333-2422, ext. 22. CENTRAL FALLS – The Central Falls High School Class of 1988 will hold its 30-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Finn's Harborside, 38 Water St., East Greenwich. For more information, contact Linda Paiva Haddock at 401-499-9339 or Kim Rossi Ortiz at 401-787-1636. CFHS Class of '88 reuniting LINCOLN 270 Front Street 401-724-5600 STACHURSKI AGENCY PAWTUCKET, Lovely 3 bed, 1 1/2 bath colonial with charm! This home has Darlington, Beautiful one level ranch in great location just minutes to all amenities. Sided w/ newer roof & windows, corner lot w/ new fencing. House has updated maple kitchen w/granite counters & stainless appliances, large living room wi/brick fireplace, 2 spacious bedrooms. Hardwood floors throughout &back room perfect for dining room or office. Large screened porch, one car garage & partially finished lower level. $239,900. 725-1115 PAWTUCKET, Darlington, Impeccable 3 bedrooms 2 1/2 bath Bungalow with 2 car garage. Walking distance to newly renovated Potter Burns elementary school and just minutes to highway, trains and all amenities. Roof shingles on house & garage, chimney, windows, &3 zone heat all replaced in 2014, central air, new hot water tank. This home has great closet space, lovely front porch, back yard enclosed patio & low maintenance vinyl siding, spacious driveway. Plus a finished lower level. $239,900. 725-1115 PAWTUCKET/PLEASANT VIEW: New Listing: 7 residential units on Broadway. Rents include all expenses. Fire alarm, roof, electric, heating system and hot water all updated. 3 levels with over 4,000 Sq. Ft. of living area. Parking for 7 cars. Large barn/ garage storage bldg.. All units are vacant. $329,900. 724-5600 PAWTUCKET/DARLINGTON: New Listing: Well maintained Bungalow in quiet Darlington neigh- borhood, 1 bdrm (was a 3 bedroom – the current owner converted the two beds in living room, easily converted back. Hardwood floors, appli- ances remain, including pellet stove. Fenced in yard, one car detached garage & shed, vinyl siding, replacement windows. $199,000. 724-5600 CALL TODAY FOR A FREE MARKET ANALYSIS OF YOUR PROPERTY. WWW.C21SKI.COM PAWTUCKET 1136 Newport Avenue 401-725-1115 REALTOR Isabel Claro (Lincoln office) 401-935-9674 REALTOR Kathy Coutu (Pawtucket office) 401-474-9750 PENDING ONE WEEK VETERANS LEARN MORE ABOUT VA MORTGAGES AND HOW YOU CAN QUALIFY/ PURCHASE A HOME! YOU'RE INVITED TO ATTEND OUR FREE SESSION LENDER: Navy Federal Credit Union, Matthew Colasanti, Loan Officer II VA specialty lender will present an overview of eligibility requirements, loan benefits, the application process, and review your qualifications. APPRAISER: Edward Stachurski, SRA, GAA (VA certified fee appraiser) Appraiser to discuss the VA appraisal process, property condition standards, and answer your questions. REALTOR: Century 21 Stachurski Agency, Rick Oriani, Manager Realtor to give an overview of the current market, where to look for available property listings, and Realtor assistance/services you can benefit from. DATE: WEDNESDAY JUNE 13TH TIME: 6PM (1-2 HOUR PROGRAM) LOCATION: CENTURY 21 STACHURSKI AGENCY OFFICE 270 FRONT STREET (RTE.123), LINCOLN, RI CALL FOR RESERVATIONS (limited seating) but walk-ins also welcomed! Note: Session is informational only- no obligations or fees involved. Century 21 Stachurski Agency- Veteran Owned/Serving Veterans

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