Education Awareness Week Proclamation Ceremony

Date(s) - 03/31/2014 - 04/04/2014
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rhode Island State House

What:              Education Awareness Week Proclamation Ceremony

Education Awareness Week, hosted by Junior Achievement and Teach For America, will be held March 31 – April 4. The week will kick off with a student-centered celebration at the State House, where Governor Chafee will officially proclaim the week Education Awareness Week.

Education Awareness Week draws leaders from across Rhode Island to serve as guest teachers and support educational excellence for all of Rhode Island’s children. These volunteers will visit the classrooms of teachers, including Teach For America corps members, and teach lessons based on their experiences in business, government, and beyond.        

Who:               State Leaders

Governor Lincoln Chafee

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

Treasurer Gina Raimondo

Representative Joseph McNamara

Junior Achievement

Richard V. Simone III, Chairman of the Board, Junior Achievement

Sherri Carrera, Secretary, Board of Directors, Junior Achievement

Christopher Graham, Board of Directors, Junior Achievement

Teach For America

Heather Tow-Yick, Executive Director, Teach For America

Other Dignitaries

Mayor James Diossa, City of Central Falls

Mayor Allan Fung, City of Cranston

Eva Marie Mancuso, Chairwoman, Rhode Island Board of Education

Christopher Buchanan, Director of Public Relations & Government Affairs, Walmart


Central Falls High School – Two Classes, 40 students

Students from Central Falls High School will participate in a ceremony with Governor Chafee, and other community, business and government leaders to kick off Education Awareness Week.  The students will then spend time job shadowing the state leaders and touring the State House.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Proclamation Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.

Job Shadow/Tour of State House: 9:30 a.m.

Photos permitted throughout 


State Room

Rhode Island State House


About Junior Achievement Rhode Island (JA)
Junior Achievement is the state’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on, experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 7 percent of the Rhode Island student population per year in more than 26 communities across Rhode Island. Visit for more information or connect with us on Facebook at

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 11,000 corps members are teaching in 48 urban and rural regions across the country while 32,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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