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Special Tour Hosted by Chariho Life Skills Students for Reed

WOOD RIVER JCT. — Kyra Face, a student at Chariho High School, undertook a significant responsibility on Friday morning, one that she was well-prepared for and eagerly anticipated.

As one of the eight student ambassadors, Face warmly welcomed U.S. Sen. Jack Reed to the school, where he toured the library and engaged in discussions about the “Right to Read” initiative.

Greeting Reed with a large cardboard sign at the main entrance, Face’s cheerful “good morning” set the tone for the visit. She proudly showcased the sign made by her friend before offering to guide him to the library.

These student ambassadors, including Face, are participants in the school’s life skills program, focusing on enhancing communication skills and integration within the school community.

English teacher Vin Levcowich, emphasizing the importance of communication in the program, expressed his delight in guiding the students through their educational journey.

Inside the library, named in honor of the late former Chariho Superintendent Barry Ricci, Reed interacted with student Jordan Nickerson, who shared his passion for physical education.

Acknowledging Reed’s service, Nickerson introduced him to his classmates, creating a welcoming atmosphere for the senator’s visit.

Senior Amelia Cole led Reed through the library, showcasing its diverse collection of magazines, periodicals, potted plants tended by students, and an extensive array of books.

During the visit, Reed discussed the significance of reading, highlighting his favorite books like “The Great Gatsby” and emphasizing the transformative power of literacy.

Librarian Rachel Axelson described her efforts to make the library a welcoming space that fosters student creativity and engagement.

Collaborating with colleagues, Levcowich orchestrated a semester-long course focusing on communication and reading skills, inviting Reed to witness the students’ progress firsthand.

Reed and U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva reintroduced the Right to Read Act, aiming to enhance student literacy nationwide by addressing disparities in access to library resources.

The school community, led by dedicated faculty members like Cheryl Lightfritz and Keith Cronin, actively engages in volunteer work to support local organizations and provide students with real-world experiences.

Reed’s visit left a lasting impact on the students, who shared personal stories with the senator over pastries prepared by the school’s culinary arts program.

Impressed by the students’ enthusiasm and preparedness, Reed commended the teachers for their dedication to individualized instruction and keeping the library relevant and engaging.

As the visit concluded, Reed expressed his admiration for the talented individuals at Chariho High School, praising their eagerness to learn and engage with new experiences.