Annual Special Olympics Torch Run rolls through East Providence

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The annual Rhode Island Special Olympics Torch Run made its yearly stop through the East Bay Friday, May 31, beginning in East Providence at Fire Station No. 1 on Broadway around noon time.

There a group of municipal safety personnel, including East Providence Police Officer Tammy David, began the leg through the city.

Members of the Bay View "Girls on the Run" program who participated in Friday's Special Olympics Torch Run included (front row, left to right) Samantha Fernandes, grade 7, Providence; Emily Kane, 7th grade, Providence; Madison Manuel, 6th grade, East Providence; Kara Seeley, 6th grade student at Barrington Middle School; Toni Simmons, 6th grade student at Barrington Middle School; Daisy Von Schrader, 6th grade, Cranston; (standing) Kim Greene, Girls on Track Coach from Norton MA; Angelica McAfee, 7th grade, Greenville; Sonia Wessen, grade 6, Barrington; Emma Hancox, grade 7, Providence; Grace Hamel, grade 7, Lincoln; Ciara Kilkenny, grade 6, Providence; Casey David, grade 6, Rehoboth; Gabrielle Kumar, grade7, Lincoln;  Lily Poor, grade 7, Cranston; and Jo-Ann Sine-Calise, Lower and Middle School Nurse, East Providence.

Members of the Bay View “Girls on the Run” program who participated in Friday’s Special Olympics Torch Run included (front row, left to right) Samantha Fernandes; Emily Kane; Madison Manuel; Kara Seeley; Toni Simmons Daisy Von Schrader; (standing) Kim Greene, Girls on Track Coach; Angelica McAfee; Sonia Wessen; Emma Hancox; Grace Hamel; Ciara Kilkenny; Casey David; Gabrielle Kumarn; Lily Poor; and Jo-Ann Sine-Calise, Lower and Middle School Nurse, East Providence.

A bit later, a host of enthusiastic Kent Heights Elementary School students stationed on the side of Pawtucket Avenue greeted Officer David and her entourage of police officer cyclists, EPPD squad car and E.P. Fire Department truck escorts as they passed the torch to members of the St. Mary Academy-Bay View “Girls on the Run” club.

Girls on the Run is the middle school curriculum, a nation-wide experiential learning program for 8-14 year old girls that creatively combines training for a 5K running event with activities and experiences which empower girls to honor their bodies, voices and gifts and in doing so, activate their individual power. The Torch Run was a precursor for the Bay View group, which participate in 5K, June 1, at Roger Williams Park in Providence.

The Riverside Middle School eighth graders who joined EPPD Officer Tammy David (center) for the annual Torch Run were Tess Amore, Kate Atwell, Emma Drolet, Jordan Farnsworth, and Allison Forand.

The Riverside Middle School eighth graders who joined EPPD Officer Tammy David (center) for the annual Torch Run were Tess Amore, Kate Atwell, Emma Drolet, Jordan Farnsworth, and Allison Forand.

The Bay View runners stayed with the safety personnel contingent until reaching their campus about a mile down Pawtucket Avenue. The police and fire participants later picked up a group of Riverside Middle School runners on Bullocks Point Avenue at the EPFD Station No. 3 before the East Providence leg concluded with a passing of the torch to Barrington representatives at the Route 114 rotary.

Eventually the Torch Run concluded at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston where the annual Special Olympics Summer Games take place throughout the weekend.

A gallery of the Kent Heights portion of the Special Olympics Torch Run follows below.

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