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WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM'S idea to help school children cope with stresses through flowers won a $50,000 prize in the United Way of Rhode Island’s and Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s 2021 Nonprofit Innovation Lab. From left, Emily Lucas, Family Service of Rhode Island’s AmeriCorps site supervisor; Samantha Stringfellow Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, assistant vice principal; Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm executive director; Joyce Leven, FSRI community development director; Harley Van Dunk, Fogarty school counselor; and Matthew Lemay, FSRI AmeriCorps team leader, helped deliver flowers to Fogarty Elementary School in Providence. / COURTESY WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM

What Cheer’s flower school education idea wins $50K in Nonprofit Innovation...

PROVIDENCE – More often than not, Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm’s executive director, would be out and about delivering flowers to help needy...

BankRI receives record 7,000 books through 2021 collection

PROVIDENCE – Bank Rhode Island collected just over 7,000 books to donate to nonprofit Books Are Wings during its annual donation drive in March,...

RePowerPVD report highlights Fogarty Elementary for energy reduction efforts

PROVIDENCE – The first annual RePowerPVD report, highlighting a voluntary energy-reduction program for large city buildings, has identified Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School as...

Five Questions With: Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson is a third-grade English language-learner teacher at Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School in Providence and winner of the 2018-19 Milken Family Foundation...
MICHELLE JOHNSON, a third grade ESL teacher at Providence's Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, was named a 2018-2019 Milken Educator. / COURTESY MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION

Providence ESL teacher named 2018 Milken Educator

PROVIDENCE – In its 31st iteration of the Educator award, the Milken Family Foundation has awarded a $25,000 award to Michelle Johnson in recognition...
BANK RHODE ISLAND staff, volunteers and representatives from Books Are Wings with the more than 3,200 children’s books collected during the bank’s eighth annual book drive. Held throughout March in recognition of national reading awareness month, the effort has now generated more than 17,500 books since its inception in 2011. / COURTESY BANKRI

Bank Rhode Island donates 3,252 books to Books Are Wings

PROVIDENCE – During its eighth annual monthlong book drive in March, customers and staff of Bank Rhode Island’s 20 in-state branches donated more than...
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