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Smart News for November 2016


Montessori Children’s House Celebrates 40 Years
Montessori Children’s House (MCH) was founded in 1976 by Mary Jane O’Neill; originally housed in her home on Irving Avenue, the school’s growing popularity enabled Mrs. O’Neill to purchase the former St. Sebastian’s Convent on Lloyd Avenue, where it remains today. Currently serving 70 students ages 3 through 12, MCH is in the process of finding additional space to house a 6th grade class. For more information, visit

Library Volunteer Awarded $3,000 Scholarship
Kankan Ndoye, a 2016 graduate of Classical High School, volunteered throughout high school in the Wanskuck branch of the Providence Community Library (PCL); she then served as an intern with PCL’s “Summer Reading in the Schoolyard” mobile library project. As a result of her efforts, she has been selected to receive the Future Leaders Scholarship by Official Coupon Code, and she will use the money to continue her medical science degree at Bay Path University. More than 7,000 students applied for the scholarship. In her winning essay, Ndoye wrote, “I am proud to be a part of a community that gives underprivileged children the opportunity to learn and explore outside the realms of their school and home… The most valuable asset that I have and will continue to have in my lifetime is my knowledge and education, but it is useless unless I share it with others.”

RI Education Budget Approved for Submission
The Council on Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a 2018 budget of $1.4 billion, an increase of approximately $50 million over the current budget. The budget includes continued funding for initiatives such as the Advanced Coursework Network and technology support, as well as $2.1 million in new requests. The proposed increase in state aid is $48 million. For more information on the budget, which will be submitted to the Department of Administration for review, visit