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Oct 29, 2013

Lisa Baldelli Hunt


BALDELLI-HUNT SECURES DONATION TO PAY FOR BUS TO TRANSPORT WOONSOCKET HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM TO THEIR FIELD

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BALDELLI-HUNT SECURES DONATION TO PAY FOR BUS TO TRANSPORT WOONSOCKET HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM TO THEIR FIELD

Donation made possible by 2008 Baldelli-Hunt bill which allowed for earmarked donations of money, equipment, supplies, materials and services to Woonsocket School Department

(Woonsocket, 10/29/13) Members of the Woonsocket High School football team are now getting transportation to the their field for practices rather than making the three-mile plus trek from the school to the field thanks to a $2,000 donation secured by State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. The donation came from Woonsocket businessman Raymond Bourque and was made possible thanks to Baldelli-Hunt’s efforts in winning passage of legislation in 2008 which allowed the Woonsocket School Department to accept donations of money, equipment, supplies, materials and services.
The 2008 legislation allowed Woonsocket’s School Department to accept such earmarked contributions, targeted for a specific purpose or program. After seeing the success of that measure, the General Assembly allowed all of the state’s school departments to accept such donations.
As part of the donation and in order to participate in the transportation program, football players must take part in a study period after school (from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.), where they can do homework or receive extra help from teachers in order to support their academics. They are then able to take advantage of a school bus which takes them to practice at the football field, which is more than three miles away from the school.
“This donation is a real win-win situation—a chance to help the football team and promote academic achievement by Woonsocket High School’s student athletes,” said Baldelli-Hunt. “Not having transportation in place forced some members of the team to walk three miles to practice in the heat of August or the cold of November. It took time away from their studies and this program is a wonderful way to encourage members of the football team to keep up the good work on the field and to be academically strong in the classroom.”
The Woonsocket High School Villa Novans football team is currently undefeated in league play and Baldelli-Hunt expressed gratitude to Mr. Bourque for making the donation and hoped it will spur the team on to even more victories.
“At a time when school budgets for sports and other extra-curricular activities are being cut back all over the state, having the ability to allow school departments to accept donations is a common-sense way to encourage individual donors and organizations to support our schools and our young people. I want to thank Mr. Bourque for his thoughtful donation to help our football team and support our community.”
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