Cuffee Students Celebrate Reading Week and National Poetry Month

(Left) Paul Cuffee 2nd grader Elias Teixeira enjoys selecting new books for spring recess during
Reading Week’s Book Giveaway. (Right) Guest Reader Denise Barge of Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
shares a favorite book with Ms. Caldarelli’s 4th graders.

Experiment with a good book! and Keep a Poem in Your Pocket! were two slogans that appeared throughout Paul Cuffee School during April’s celebration of literacy, reading, and poetry.

Reading Week at the lower school focused on STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) speakers and guest readers. Astronomers, engineers, architects, geologists, and underwater explorers shared their talents and experiences with students, while legislators, construction managers, financial analysts, and Cuffee Board members read favorite books to the students. A Book Giveaway, sponsored by a Target grant, armed students with new books for the spring recess and the all-school Read In gave them a chance to dig in to their new literature.

At the Middle and Upper Schools, the focus was on the celebration of Poetry. National Poetry Month saw displays of poetry anthologies and posters in each library, and students and teachers alike were stopped in their tracks by others wishing to share the “poem in their pockets.” Guest poets topped off the week, celebrating the imagery and language of poetry.

Congressman James Langevin shares a kid-favorite, “House Mouse, Senate Mouse”
with Miss Rich’s 2nd grade class during Reading Week.


Average Class Size: 20
Current Enrollment: 820
Students of Color: 96%
Female Students: 51%
Male Students: 49%
Free/Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility: 82%
Multi-Language Learners: 19%
Students Receiving Special Education Services: 13%
Total Employees: 168
BIPOC: 45%
Female Employees: 75%
Male Employees: 25%