Scholar MacKenzie Pawson & Colonel
James Mendonca, Central Falls Police.

It was a beautiful morning. Yes, the skies were threatening rain. Yes, it was humid. Yesterday morning felt like a typical New England September morning, somewhere between Summer heat and crisp Autumn. It didn’t matter because we were too happy to notice.

After months of preparation and planning, the permanent location for Middle School 1 (MS1) in Central Falls is full of scholars excited about their new home, including renovated classrooms and yes, lockers!

The ribbon cutting ceremony which took place yesterday morning was a wonderful way to celebrate this new beginning.  Balloons flanked the school’s stage and colorful decorations crafted by scholars surrounded the room. Friends, family, staff, elected officials and partners came to celebrate and tour MS1’s new building – a place BVP is proud to call home – and share in this milestone emceed by Central Falls Mayor and BVP Board Chairman James Diossa.

From left to right: Civic Builders CEO David Umansky, Father
Otoniel Gomez of Holy Spirit Parish and Central Falls
Mayor James Diossa.

From all of us here at BVP, thank you for sharing this happy occasion with us! A special thanks to Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Dr. Ken Wagner for joining in our celebration and of course to our partner, Civic Builders, for making this renovated space a reality.

To see our full album of photos click here.


To read our official press release click here. 

A video will soon be posted on our website for those who wish to hear and see more.



Pictured from left to right: Senator Edward O’Neil, Scholar Anika Stager, Head of School Joy Souza, Civic Builders CEO David Umansky, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, Scholar Dillan Fontalvo, Lincoln Town Administrator Joe Almond and Cumberland Mayor Bill Murray.–>