Back to school, Muster & Character Night: Five things to know in Burrillville this week

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The Burrillville Glocester Youth Soccer Association held opening day on Saturday, setting up a photo booth to help celebrate the occasion.

School day reduction

The Burrillville School District has announced that that school year will be reduced by three days this year for elementary school students, as town grade schools exceed the amount of instructional time required by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Student in grades K-5 will have the full day off on Thursdays, Nov. 9 and March 28 – originally scheduled as half days for parent/teacher conferences. The change does not affect the calendar year for middle school or high school students.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 30 with kindergarten students to start on Thursday, August 31, and a complete district calendar can be found here.

Postponed Trust Days kickoff

An event celebrating the statewide start of Land Trust Days – originally scheduled for Friday, August 25 – has been rescheduled due to rain last week and will now be held on Friday, Sept. 1. The event, hosted by the Burrillville Land Trust from 9 to 11 a.m., will be held at the historic schoolhouse at 310 Eagle Peak Road. Tours of the historic schoolhouse and guided hikes to the nearby granite quarry will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a speakers program, then a second round of tours and a hike. The public is invited to attend.

Read more here.

Character night

There is still time to catch a Family Fun Friday at Spring Lake Beach with “Character Night” scheduled for Friday, Sept. 1. The events, which are free with beach entry, include special games snacks and entertainment for the whole family, weather permitting.

Muster

The Oakland Mapleville Fire Department’s 64th Field Day & Annual Muster will be held on Sunday, Sept. 3, with a rain date scheduled for Monday, Sept. 4. The event kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. at the Oakland Triangle, followed by a day of fun, with food, games, cash prizes, raffle prizes, vendors, beer and the annual Firefighters Muster Competition.

The public is invited to attend the event on the corner of Victory Highway and Oakland School Street, and cheer on local firefighters while they compete for $1,000 in prizes.

Town meetings

The only government meeting scheduled in Burrillville this week is a gathering of the Screening Subcommittee, to be held Tuesday, August 29 starting at 4 p.m. at the town building at 105 Harrisville Main St. The agenda is here.

Enjoy the final days of summer!

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