Chariho launches school-community-business partnership; meeting set for Wednesday

Chariho launches school-community-business partnership; meeting set for Wednesday

The Westerly Sun

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Chariho High School has launched an initiative to foster networking opportunities between students, parents and the community.

Nicole Weeks, a special educator at Chariho, chairs the Chariho High School-Community partnership, which includes principal Craig MacKenzie, assistant principal Andrea Spas, and four teachers.

“The high school wanted to start something like a PTO [parent-teacher organization] or a PTA, but not a traditional PTO where they fundraise,” Weeks said. “We wanted to get more meaningful partnerships between parents, the community and the school.”

The goal of the partnership is to connect parents with teachers and the school district with local businesses for internships and other initiatives.

“Our goal is to have parents in the community interact and network with the school,” Weeks said.

Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said he hopes the new partnership enhances the programs offered at the high school.

“Community-school partnerships have the potential to dramatically improve the educational offerings at the high school,” he said “With time a factor for busy families, parents and others can ‘pick and choose’ how and if they wish to be involved. We’ve received a very positive response from the community and hope that others will find the time to engage with us.”

The public is invited to the next meeting of the partnership group, which is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, at the Higher Grounds Community Coffee House, 39 Kingstown Road, Wyoming.

More information on the partnership is available at:


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