Smart News December

Smart News for December 2016


A Christmas Carol at Nathan Bishop Middle School
The Nathan Bishop Drama Club, an extracurricular program made possible through a partnership with the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), presents Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at 7pm on December 8, 9 and 10 and at 2pm on December 11 in the Nathan Bishop Middle School Auditorium at 101 Sessions Street. Program director Glenn Zienowicz says the audience can expect “special effects, snow, live music, amazing costumes created by Everett Hoag and his students in the Costume and Design Studio, another PASA program – and much more.” Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors. For more information, visit

RI Foundation Launches Scholarship Program Honoring Roger Williams
Rhode Island high school seniors can now apply for up to $80,000 in college scholarships thanks to a new fund honoring our state’s founder. Based on financial need and academic good standing, up to three scholarships a year will be awarded. “We hope that after learning more about Roger Williams, students will understand what his values were, and how they remain significant, important, current and not as a study in history. Roger Williams should be seen as a set of living ideals and not only an historical figure. The goal is for students to gain an understanding of Roger Williams and, in that sense, see him as a mentor and personal guide,” said John Carter, who created the fund along with his wife, Leticia. Application guidelines are available now at; the application deadline is February 16, 2017.

Wheeler Names Eighth Head of School
The Wheeler School has announced that Allison Gaines Pell, currently head of New York’s Blue School and a Brown University graduate, will take over as Head of School from Dan Miller in July 2017. Gaines Pell, who has experience in growing enrollment, revenues and diversity in independent schools, is looking forward to returning to the Providence area with her husband and two children. For more information, visit