Fifth Annual Education Awareness Week Draws Leaders From Across the State With Focus On Rhode Island's Highest Need Classrooms

Teach For America and Junior Achievement Celebrate Teachers and Students While Bringing Awareness to the Need for Greater Educational Opportunities for All Children


Providence, R.I., March 28, 2017—Education Awareness Week, hosted by Teach For America (TFA) and Junior Achievement (JA), will be held April 3-7. The week will begin at the State House, where students from Central Falls and Providence will participate in job shadow opportunities, and Governor Raimondo will officially proclaim the week Education Awareness Week alongside other state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor McKee, Secretary of State Gorbea, Treasurer Magaziner, and Attorney General Kilmartin.

Education Awareness Week highlights the incredible work being done by educators who lead Rhode Island’s classrooms and schools; the potential that every student possesses for success in school and career; and the opportunity that all children deserve to realize their potential. The week brings government, business, and community leaders from across the state to serve as guest teachers. These volunteers will visit the classrooms of teachers, including Teach For America teachers, and lead lessons based on their expertise. The fifth annual celebration of Education Awareness Week will focus on the importance of strong education and career exploration.

“This week is an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate and learn from the great work happening in Rhode Island’s classrooms every day,” said Kristine Frech, executive director of Teach For America–Rhode Island. “Rhode Island’s kids deserve schools and classrooms where they all – regardless of race or class - have the opportunity to succeed and become leaders in our state. Educational equity will only be possible when all of us, working together, create opportunities for every child to access the kind of excellent education that they deserve.”

Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, added, “We are thrilled to work with so many business, community, and government leaders who will share their educational and professional experiences with Rhode Island students. It’s critical that we provide our young people with a strong education and prepare them for career paths in high-growth industries that benefit them, their families, and their communities.”

Junior Achievement and Teach For America collaborate on national and regional initiatives to partner with communities and increase opportunities for students, and Education Awareness Week is one example of this collaboration. With over 500 volunteers empowering 7,000 students, Junior Achevement of Rhode Island prepares young people to succeed in a global economy through experiential programs focusing on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. Teach For America–Rhode Island has a diverse group of over 250 leaders in the state who, guided by their experience as teachers in high-need schools, work together and with their communities to expand educational opportunity. This year in Rhode Island, about 50 Teach For America corps members are teaching 3,400 students in 21 underserved schools while over 200 alumni are working across sectors to end educational inequity.

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Monday, April 3, 11:00 a.m. — Education Awareness Week Proclamation Ceremony

Governor’s State Room, Rhode Island State House

Governor Raimondo will officially proclaim the week Education Awareness Week alongside other state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor McKee, Secretary of State Gorbea, Treasurer Magaziner, and Attorney General Kilmartin. Kristine Frech, Executive Director of Teach For America–Rhode Island, and Lee Lewis, President of Junior Achievement, will also offer remarks.


Monday, April 3, 11:30 a.m. — Students participate in state house job shadow

Rhode Island State House

Forty students from Central Falls High School and Providence’s Central High School work alongside Governor Raimondo, Lieutenant Governor McKee, Secretary of State Gorbea, General Treasurer Magaziner, and Attorney General Kilmartin.


Tuesday, April 4, 11:27 a.m. — Guest lesson: Lee Lewis, Junior Achievement of Rhode Island

Ammar Zia’s classroom, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, 150 Washington St, Providence, RI


Tuesday, April 4, 12:10 p.m. — Guest lesson: Spencer Dickinson, education consultant

Rebecca Lessard’s classroom, Blackstone Valley Prep Elementary School 1, 291 Broad St, Cumberland, RI


Wednesday, April 5, 9:40 a.m. — Guest lesson: Kara Milner, education advocate

Emily Kawai’s classroom, Blackstone Valley Prep Elementary School 1, 291 Broad St, Cumberland, RI


Thursday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. — Junior Achievement Day

George West Elementary School, 145 Beaufort St, Providence, RI

Business, community and government leaders will teach young people about careers, managing money, or starting a business. Leaders include: Barbara Cottam, Kristin Fraser, Laurie White, Nicki Maher, Katharine Hazzard Flynn, Lauren Slocum, Kristine Frech, Heather Singleton, Karen Warfield, Ashlee Accetta, Suzanne Carmody, Mayor Elorza, Mayor Avedisian, Mayor Diossa, Mayor Fung, Marc Paulus, Scott Jensen, Janet Raymond, Ned Handy, Rick Simone, Colonel Clements, Sherri Carrera, Craig Bilodeau, Mitchell Edwards, Dan Hagerty, Lee Lewis, John Gregory, Frank Casale, Adam Compton, Peter DiFilippo, David Ferreira, Steve Kitchin, Jamison Miller, Eric Turner, Scott Lajoie, and Robert D’Amico.


Friday, April 7, 12:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. — Congressional Leaders Day

Delsesto Middle School, 152 Springfield St, Providence, RI

Students will have the opportunity to learn from Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Rep. Langevin, about their first jobs, the importance of a strong education, and play the JA $mart Money Consumer financial literacy game.

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 college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Corps members are teaching today in 53 urban and rural regions across the country. They join more than 12,000 alumni educators in a teaching force of 19,000 and an overall community that is 53,000 strong, working across every sector to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


About Junior Achievement of Rhode Island

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 provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, workforce 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.



Erin Bradley
Teach For America
Jeffrey M. Cartee
Junior Achievement of Rhode Island