Students part of International Women’s Day Celebration

Students part of International Women’s Day Celebration

Honored at last Friday’s event in Pawtucket are, from left, Melissa DaRosa, Sylvia Amefia, Sarah Colson and Alexandra Lorenzo.

PAWTUCKET – Local high school students and an advocate for peace and nonviolence were honored during an International Women’s Day Celebration at Slater Mill last Friday, March 8.

City resident Melissa DaRosa, a streetworker for the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, won “champion for peace and nonviolence” honors at the event sponsored by the Pawtucket Women’s History Month Committee.

Committee member Erin Dube described her as a tireless advocate for the community, a “strong, powerful woman,” and someone who has dedicated herself to nonviolence because she’s seen the reality of violence firsthand.

Sylvia Amefia, a Shea High School senior, introduced DaRosa, speaking of her work and contributions.

“She is someone we admire and respect for her work and dedication,” she said.

Amefia, Alexandra Lorenzo, of Tolman High, and Sarah Colson, of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts, were honored for being role models in their schools and for their contributions to the community.

Last Friday’s event was led by Dube, a Pawtucket School Committee member, Sandra Cano, a state senator, and Lori Urso, director at the Slater Mill.