State Senators Impact Local Students with Grant Funding


(WOONSOCKET, R.I.) – The combined efforts of Senators Melissa Murray and Roger Picard, have helped to provide funding for all Woonsocket fifth graders to receive hands-on educational programs at the Museum.


On Thursday, February 27 Senators Murray & Picard joined classes from Globe Park Elementary as they arrived for their tour of the Museum and a hands-on assembly line activity.


The $2,000 Senate grant has allowed for more than 450 fifth graders to participate in a multi-part Civic Pride program aimed at having students reflect on why they should be proud of their city.


As part of the program, each student will also create a project reflecting on what they learned about their community in the classroom, which will be displayed as part of a Woonsocket Proud exhibit in the Museum’s changing gallery in May. In addition, they will also be given the opportunity to participate in an essay contest where they were asked to describe how they plan to become a source of pride for their city.


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About the Museum of Work & Culture

The interactive and educational Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th- and 20th centuries. It recently received a Rhode Island Monthly Best of Rhode Island Award for its SensAbilities Saturdays all-ability program.


About the Rhode Island Historical Society

Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization, as well as its only Smithsonian Affiliate. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, where archival, book, and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket, the RIHS manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.