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Rock climbing, nature art, night hikes, camp fires, farm animals and bunk houses — this constituted ‘school’ for nearly 200 Kickemuit Middle School seventh-grade students the week before Thanksgiving. The students, their teachers and a handful of volunteer chaperones traveled three hours west to Colebrook, Conn. for what has become an annual tradition and right of passage known as Nature’s Classroom. more
Armed with their own laptop computers, Kickemuit Middle School students literally have the world at their fingertips. But a group of 13 of them has fared well in a statewide contest by trying to find … more
With Warren and Bristol taxpayers’ local school contributions projected to rise $8.262 million over the next three years, the board that sets the regional school district’s budget met … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — In a release issued Monday afternoon, Oct. 30, the East Providence Police Department announced it has issued an arrest warrant for Tiverton man for his alleged participation in … more
The memory of a local woman who spent her life helping others will live on in a new $5,000 scholarship now being offered to Mt. Hope High School students. When she died in 2015 at age 75, Jane … more
PORTSMOUTH — When teenagers want to hide their drug use from parents, they’ll often put the contraband right on top of a bedroom bureau, said Pam Shayer.  “Do you know … more
The results are in, and for the third year in a row, Rockwell Elementary School students are setting the standard for student performance in the Bristol Warren Regional School District. For that matter, they’re setting the standard in the state of Rhode Island this year. more
A project to repair the marble steps outside the grand Colt School on Hope Street is becoming more of a rebuild than a repair. Workers have discovered the structure beneath the steps is badly … more
Bristol and Warren need to do something to make their relationship and fractured school district’s finances whole, town council members from both towns agree. Exactly what they should do, … more
PROVIDENCE — Plenty of players with East Bay ties, seven to be exact, were among the core that propelled the LaSalle Academy baseball team this spring to its first Rhode Island Interscholastic … more
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