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Animal Experiences with Dave Marchetti
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Charlestown

Nutrition Seminar
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Westerly

Saturday Sweat Fitcamp
11 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Westerly

Hope Valley Indoor Winter Farmers Market
11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wyoming

Easter Egg Hunt
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Local Author Presentation
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Book Signing
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Westerly

Free Income Tax help
2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Charlestown

11th Annual SUFA Pins for Pets Bowlathon
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

The Foursome
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Westerly

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Conn. lawmakers unveil $200M prekindergarten plan


HARTFORD — Connecticut lawmakers have announced a 10-year, $200 million expansion of statewide prekindergarten programs.

Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and other legislative leaders unveiled the proposal today. Williams said offering pre-K programs will help close the achievement gap between affluent and poor districts, boost reading abilities and improve high school graduation rates.

Funding would be split between $100 million over 10 years in new bonding for capital spending for classroom renovation and $100 million over a decade from the Tobacco Trust Fund for operating costs.

Lawmakers say the proposal would provide prekindergarten opportunities for 50,000 children. Connecticut is home to 84,000 3- and 4-year-old children.

Teachers would be required to be certified and programs must be accredited within three years of receiving money.



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