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Dear Senators Reed & Whitehouse: Thanks!



Crusaders at Mount Pleasant High School welcomed U.S. Senator Jack Reed and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to their school library today! A big group of state education officials and College Crusade staff members joined them for a press conference to celebrate the announcement of a $3 million federal GEAR UP grant for Rhode Island. Featured speakers in addition to Senators Reed and Whitehouse were Todd D. Flaherty, president & CEO of The College Crusade; Paul E. Moran, chair of the College Crusade board of directors; Michael Trainor, special assistant to the Commissioner, RI Office of Higher Education; Susan F. Lusi, Interim superindendent, Providence Public Schools; Nkoli Onye, executive director of high schools, Providence Public Schools, on special assignment to Mount Pleasant High School; and Dwayne Clement, College Crusade Advisor.

Pictured above, from left to right are: (front row) Viengsavan Sayasene, Steven Sanchez, Alliyah Phin, and Joana Delva; (back row) Aaron Escobar, Oluwadamilola Animashaun, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Jack Reed, Dwayne Clement, and Todd Flaherty.

Thank you to Mount Pleasant High School for graciously hosting us today. And many thanks to all the partners in Rhode Island GEAR UP who made it possible to win this federal grant on behalf of our students. To read more about it, see this news release from Senator Reed’s webpage.

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