Bowling is making a comeback in popularity – and students at Cranston High School East are part of the trend.
Three seniors – Troy Santopadre, Ely Lamy and Omar Reyes Jr. – have started a bowling league at the school. The first approached English teacher Kim Salimeno about being the adviser for the new activity.
“I was so excited when they asked. They knew that I couldn’t say no, so it was a done deal before they even asked,” Salimeno said.
This is the first time East has had a bowling league. Participants recently started playing at Lang’s Bowlarama on Niantic Avenue after several weeks of fundraising to cover the cost of shoe and lane rentals.
“The online fundraiser lasted for four weeks. They raised about $2,500 dollars,” Salimeno said.
As of now, there are 58 student bowlers and 15 teachers who bowl every Wednesday. They are competing for title of champions at the end of the seven weeks.
According to the Cranston East web bulletin, “This is an excellent activity that keeps the students active and focused, while also promoting community relationships.”
Salimeno was pleased and surprised to see the diversity of student bowlers – a group that includes athletes, musicians and others.
“As a freshmen, I thought that by joining bowling I would meet new students and make more friends,” students Liam Ellinwood said.
“I wanted to do something fun with my friends,” Esaie Romain said. “We get to hang out somewhere cool after school. It also makes me feel like part of my school.”
Salimeno thanked School Resource Officer Matt Davis for his help in coordinating the league.