October 20, 2018
Community Pride Effort is Started by EPHS Police Officer Doug Borden

EPHS Student-Athletes Kick-Off "High-Five Fridays"

"Townie Pride Doesn't Sleep" - EP Athletic Director Gregg Amore

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Led by its popular school Resource Officer Doug Borden, East Providence High School has begun a successful "Hi-Five Friday" program. The new volunteer effort has high school student athletes greeting elementary students on their way to school on Friday mornings throughout the city. Resource Officer Doug Borden and many high school students thought it would be great to connect high school role models with younger students in the community. "We hope to reach out to elementary students in a positive and respectful manner," said Officer Borden. "It is our plan to help start their day off with a smile, a high-five and support for these younger kids," added Borden. "It also seems to bring smiles to our high school students," added Borden with a big smile of his own.

City Athletic Director Gregg Amore is on board and helps to coordinate the program. "It's a great effort where Townie Varsity Athletes greet our elementary students to get their day started off on the right foot. Townie Pride never sleeps," said Amore. "I applaud officer Doug for his leadership with our students," he added.

"The students of our high school continue to rise up and provide leadership throughout the community," said high school Principal Shani Wallace. "There is no better learning experience than what these kids are receiving," added Wallace. According to Borden and Amore, the program is planned to reach every elementary school in the city.

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