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RI Public Transit Authority and RI DEM/Office of Air Resources
Ozone Alert Days 2003 Kick-off -
Name for Each Ozone Alert Day Announced
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and the Department of Environmental Management kicked-off the 2003 Ozone Alert season announcing a program that names ozone days similarly to how the National Weather Service names hurricanes. The Kick-off ceremony took place at the state's primary ozone monitoring station in East Providence. Students from the fourth grade at the neighboring Myron J. Francis Elementary School unveiled an alphabetized list of 26 names which they had developed for the upcoming season. The students also displayed their illustrations (see below), each one depicting a named Ozone Alert Day.
The naming system is a great addition to the program because it helps elementary school students - like those from Francis Elementary - learn about the benefits of clean air. The program is an excellent educational tool that helps teach kids we can all breathe easier when people ride the bus instead of driving on hot days with high ozone. The 4th grade teachers: Ms. Kerri Burke, Mrs. Kathleen Caffrey, Mrs. Melanie Murray, Mrs. Patricia Thacker of Francis School all deserve special thanks for helping the kids in this unique project.