Woonsocket teacher wins award at Rhode Island Civics Day

Woonsocket teacher wins award at Rhode Island Civics Day

Woonsocket teacher Michele Brunelle, right, receives the Teacher Change Maker Award, presented by Sen. Melissa Murray in May at the Statehouse.

PROVIDENCE – In May, more than 300 Rhode Island middle and high school students gathered at the Statehouse to present projects targeting issues threatening their communities at Generation Citizen’s Rhode Island Civics Day. More than 100 students from Woonsocket schools participated in this event, as 7th- and 8th-graders from Hamlet and Villa Nova Middle Schools presented on pressing issues such as bullying, drug use, health education and mass incarceration, throughout the Statehouse. Woonsocket teacher Michelle Brunelle of Villa Nova Middle School, was awarded the Teacher Change Maker Award, Generation Citizen’s highest award for educators, presented by Sen. Melissa Murray. Generation Citizen is a national civics education organization that works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens. At Rhode Island Civics Day, students come together with their local and community leaders to talk about the pressing issues of today. Sen. Melissa Murray volunteered as a judge and served on the Community Leaders Panel that afternoon to answer students’ questions and hear their concerns about the community. Margaux Morisseau, the Director of Community Building at NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, was also a panelist representing Woonsocket.