Bonollo pursues eighth term on school board

Bonollo pursues eighth term on school board

PAWTUCKET – In 2006, Joanne Bonollo says she began her advocacy for local students from a school board seat, focusing first on the condition of facilities, knowing that children deserved better. She became the first chairwoman of the wellness subcommittee and held that position for five terms.

During her time on the committee, Bonollo implemented:

• The Pawtucket Backpackers, providing supplemental meals during weekends and school holidays.

• Eating Healthy on a Budget for students and their parents, with culinary expertise provided by Kids First.

• The first wellness policy aimed at reducing sugary beverages and foods from the student diet and to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables at no charge to the students during breaks and lunches.

• Get Healthy Pawtucket, an annual event open to all that offered activities for students and families as well as vendors to provide a variety of information from reading to substance abuse.

• Most recently, Bonollo hosted a gown giveaway for local students who may have not been able to attend prom without help.

Facilities has remained a priority for Bonollo. After much work, “the condition of our schools have become something to be proud of,” she said, but the work is not over.

“Living most of my life in this city, raising my children in the Pawtucket schools, and with a granddaughter about to enter preschool, I have a vested interest in continuing the work that I so enjoy,” she said. “With your support, I can continue to work for the students of this city.”