Governor Chafee Walks the Walk with Paul Cuffee Students

PCS Lower School students and teachers gather on the south steps of the State House midway through their Walk to School event. Pictured in the foreground: (center) banner bearers Roma Taitwood, Felix Diclo, and Sadaymi Carrion; (l to r) Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, PCS Head of School Wendy Randle, President Emeritus David Burnham, Lower School Principal Derrick Ciesla, Coach Marlon Mussington.

In celebration of International Walk to School Day, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee joined Paul Cuffee Lower School students on the one-mile walk from Promenade Street to the south steps of the State House. The PCS Walk to School event, organized by Coach Marlon Mussington, promotes physical activity, an awareness of safe routes to walk or bike, and a cleaner, emissions-reduced environment.

Aided by the RI State Police, the Providence Police, parent chaperones, teachers, and staff, the children were safely escorted up to Smith Hill and back while enjoying a beautiful autumn afternoon. Students walked to the State House and then went on to the Lower School on Promenade Street.

“I am thrilled to see our third walk be such a successful event,” said Coach Mussington. “Everyone had fun, there was good conversation, and having Governor Chafee join us showed the importance of exercise to everyone. After all, if the governor can make time to walk, anyone can.”

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee (right) greets PCS fifth graders Roma Taitwood and Felix Diclo as the group leads the way to the State House.



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