Sen. Jack Reed joined the Department of Environmental Management’s director Janet Coit and the Rhode Island Department of Health to announce a new partnership with a sunscreen company called Raw Elements, to offer complimnetary sunscreen at local beaches to help protect Rhode Islanders from skin cancer.
Calling for full and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community, Senator Reed marched in Rhode Island Pride’s Illuminated Night Parade in Providence as part of the 44th Annual RI Pridefest. Held each year, the parade is New England’s only nighttime pride parade and features a diverse array of floats, performing artists, marching groups, businesses and spectators. The parade starts at Dorrance Street and proceeds to Washington Street, south on Empire Street, and then east on Weybosset Street.
Reed Rallies with Nurses to Save Obamacare and Maintain Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions
Senator Reed joined nurse practitioners from around the state at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center to discuss how the ACA provides Rhode Islanders with greater health-care security and how repealing it would have negative repercussions for all health consumers, leaving millions of patients in medical jeopardy and taking away key protections for working families and people with pre-existing conditions.
Senator Reed presented awards at the 25th Annual Rhode Island Envirothon competition, held at URI’s Gardner Crops Research Center. Rhode Island Envirothon (RIE) works to educate and develop knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who are willing and prepared to work towards achieving and maintaining a natural balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment. Each year in May, RIE holds a one-day, outdoor competition as the culmination of its year-long program of environmental study. Each competition is divided into five different segments: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils & Land Use, and Wildlife, plus a special Environmental Issue which changes annually. This year the special topic was “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.”
Senator Reed announced the winners of his 2019 High School Arts Competition. Cosponsored by the RI Art Education Association (RIAEA), the contest features artwork from students hailing from 23 high schools across the state.
This year’s winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges that included: David DePetrillo of the Providence Art Club; Marta Martínez of the RI Latino Arts Association; and Judy Salvadore of the Wickford Art Association.
Domingo Pablo Gutierrez, a senior from Mount Pleasant High School, won this year’s top prize with his work “Still Life,” completed with graphite and colored pencil. His work will be displayed in Senator Reed’s Washington, D.C. office for the next year.
Emma Naughton, a Lincoln High School senior, and Alaina Minarik, a North Kingstown High School sophomore, earned second and third place, respectively.
Senator Reed helped celebrate the 15th Anniversary of RI Jump$tart, an affiliate of the National JumpStart Coalition. RI Jump$tart is a coalition of Rhode Island organizations, businesses, educators, individuals and other stakeholders dedicated to improving the financial capability of the region’s residents, including under-served populations.
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