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URI SMILE club at Central Falls High School to build, plant rain garden at Chocolate Mill Overlook

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

May 7, 2012


WHO: Central Falls High School student members of the URI SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) Club, along with landscape architect Amanda Sloan from Gates, Leighton & Associates, Central Falls Public Works Director Joe Nield, CFHS science teacher and SMILE leader David Upegui, and Lorraine Joubert, director of the URI Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials program.

WHAT: The students will build and plant a rain garden as part of the Chocolate Mill Overlook revitalization project. The garden is the SMILE club’s watershed stewardship project, which is being completed in collaboration with the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, the Blackstone River Coalition, and other groups. The SMILE Program is an after-school academic enrichment program for students in grades 4-12 designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented students who graduate high school and pursue careers in science, math, engineering, and technology.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Chocolate Mill Overlook, at the corner of Roosevelt Ave. and Charles St., Central Falls.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Lacey Feeley at the URI SMILE program at 401-874-2036 or lsch1516@gmail.com or Todd McLeish in the URI Department of Communications & Marketing at 401-874-7892 or tmcleish@uri.edu.