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PRESS RELEASE: Pawtucket International Women's Day Committee 9th Annual Celebration promotes: Embracing Equity

PAWTUCKET – On March 8th, International Women's Day, The Pawtucket Women’s History Month Committee and Senator Sandra Cano celebrated their 9th Annual event in the City of Pawtucket. 

This year, we celebrated a total of 16 female students from across the Pawtucket School District including elementary, junior, and high schools. Each school selected a student representative to honor. Elementary and Middle schools were selected based on an essay contest and high school students were selected based on school leadership. "Our schools and city continue the tradition of joining together to mark International Women's Day in the city. All of the students recognized at the event are leaders representing their schools, in both words and actions, to celebrate this day" said Erin Dube. 

Our three high school honorees were also chosen to participate in this year's Legislative Day by Senator Cano (District 8)and Representative Alzate (District 60). "Every year, I look forward to celebrating this day with our community and reminding our young girls and women across the State of Rhode that their voices mean something and that it holds so much value," said Senator Cano. "We, as women, have come a long way and it's critical that we take moments like this to celebrate. I thank the members of the committee and Chair Erin Dube for all of their hard work in making the celebration a success."

List of our 2023 Honorees:

  • Leyna Mulligan, Agnes E. Little Elementary  
  • Chanel Mowry, Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School 
  • Kasandra Chen-Gomez, Potter Burns Elementary School 
  • Dae’lyn Howard, Flora S. Curtis Elementary School 
  • Kennedy Bleich, Curvin-McCabe Elementary School
  • Melissa Dos Santos, Henry J. Winters Elementary School 
  • Arianna Patino, Fallon Memorial Elementary School 
  • Janeffa Da Cruz Lomba, M. Virginia Cunningham Elementary School 
  • Mariana Garcia, Nathanael Greene Elementary School
  • Jannelle Velez, Francis J. Varieur Elementary School
  • Alexandria Greenman, Lyman B. Goff Middle School
  • Kehinde Daramola, Samuel Slater Middle School
  • Cassandra Morais, Joseph Jenks Junior High School
  • Hawawou Barry, William E. Tolman High School
  • Catherine Nobre, Charles E. Shea High School
  • Princess Appiah, Jacqueline M. Walsh School

"Although our work to create a more equitable society is far from complete, this event continues to remind us that we are one step closer. Congratulations to all the honorees and may we continue to honor the efforts of the trailblazing women leading the charge in our community" said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien. Our event concluded with a performance by Alisha A. Pina and baked goodies from the women-owned Pawtucket bake shop, Bake My Day. 

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Contact: Jocelyn Spas

March 9, 2023                                       

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