The Providence Journal, page C14 – February 14, 1981
30 high school students from Johnston demonstrated outside of Town Hall to protest potential cuts to art and music programs in their school.
Two seniors spoke with Mayor Ralph R. aRusso to express the concerns of the group. He informed them that the School Committee was the body with control over which programs to remove.
Students were worried about missing out on opportunities to take these enrichment courses and cared about the teachers that might get laid off.
The demonstrators carried signs that read:
“Music and art, we love you a lot”
“Our lives need culture. Don’t take it away from us”
“Heck no, music and at can’t go”