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Education reform leader to visit in RI

October 11, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—One of Rhode Island's oldest and largest nonprofit agencies is set to host a national education reform leader at an awards luncheon in Providence.

Harlem Children's Zone President and CEO Geoffrey Canada is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the Family Service of Rhode Island's luncheon.

The "Brighter Future" luncheon is organized by the nonprofit human service agency and set to be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Canada has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by "Time" magazine.

The Harlem Children's Zone seeks to improve children's lives by rebuilding neighborhoods through education, social-service and community-building programs.

Canada's work is the inspiration for Family Service of Rhode Island's "Providence Children's Initiative," based at the Fogarty Elementary School.