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Welcome CHSE Alumni, Parents and Friends!

The Thunderbolt Alumni Association was created to engage alumni, parents and friends of Cranston High School East in advancing the educational mission of their alma mater. Please scroll down for the latest news and events concerning CHSE alumni. If you have information to share with the Association, please contact Kristin Dumont at

Attention Class of 1985: 30th Reunion Information

May 7, 2015
A new friend is valuable, but an old friend is priceless.
It’s hard to believe it, but it’s been 30 years!
If you have not been contacted about our upcoming 30th reunion on August 8, 2015, please check out the reunion page at: CHSE Class of 1985 30th Reunion on Facebook. Currently, there are 210 members, but we had more than 400 people in our class. If someone is not on Facebook but you have contact info for them via email or snail mail please message Maureen Gately with the info ASAP. We hope you will all join us for a night of laughter, friendship and nostalgia, as we celebrate 30 years as Cranston High School East graduates.

Newport Vineyards and Winery
August 8, 2015

Cost: $65 per person (includes appetizers, buffet, DJ and fun!)

Cash Bar
Registration deadline: June 30th
Please send check to : CHSE Class of 1985
168 Eaton Street
Providence, RI 02908

or pay with PayPal:

We look forward to seeing everyone this summer!

Class of 1984 30th Reunion – This Weekend!

July 29, 2014

The Class of 1984 will be holding its 30th reunion event on Saturday, August 2, 2014. The gathering will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Mile and a Quarter House at 334 South Water Street.

Please see the flyer below for more information.

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Class of 1981 Holds Annual Cook-Out

July 29, 2014

Every year alumni from the Class of 1981, including Glenn Carlson, put together a cook-out to bring classmates back together. This year’s event was well attended, as evidenced by the picture below.

Class of 1981

The Class of 1981 is very active online and would like classmates to return often to their website for life updates and more information about events. The link is:  

Class of 2004 Upcoming Reunion – Take the Survey!

July 29, 2014

The Class of 2004 is planning a 10th reunion event. The organizers are asking members of the class to fill out the following survey to determine the best date and type of event to have.

For more information, contact Abby Candon through her Facebook page:

Attention Class of 1954! 60th Reunion Info

May 25, 2014

The Class of 1954 will hold its 60th Reunion celebration on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Cypress Room/ West Valley Inn, 4 Blossom Street, Warwick, RI.

Cocktails are a 6:30 and dinner is a 7:30.

The cost is 45.00 per person, and payment is due by August 16th.
For more info please call 401-942-1931.

Enjoy your reunion!

Calling All Grads Up to 1963

October 27, 2013

If you have celebrated your 50th Reunion already, the Thunderbolt Alumni Association is looking for you. There will be a “50 Year Group Class Reunion” for graduates of the any class up to and including 1963. If you are interested in participating, contact Carlo Gamba at or  401-397-9888.


June 21, 2013

The Thunderbolt Alumni Association administers a number of scholarships for students who exhibit academic excellence and strong character.  Below we describe the qualifications for these scholarships.

The Bob Paola Scholarship

PaolaBob Paola was an English teacher in the Cranston Schools who touched many lives over the course of his career.  He retired as Assistant Principal of Cranston High School East in 2003 and passed away in October 2012.

The Bob Paola Scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits a passion for knowledge, good citizenship, and an aptitude for leadership.  The ideal candidate is involved in the community, feels a strong commitment to family, has GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrates financial need, and possesses a great sense of humor – which was a hallmark of Mr. Paola’s personality.  To be considered for the scholarship, students must be accepted to a 2- or 4-year school for post-secondary education and write an essay about the teacher who has influenced them the most.

The Abbie L. Hoisington and Lisa D’Andrea Scholarship

AbbieH DAndreaThis scholarship was created in memory of two Cranston High School East teachers who died as a result of the Station Nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island in February of 2003.  Abbie Hoisington was a 1992 graduate of Cranston East, who dedicated herself to the students in her special education class.  Among other things, she took her students – many of whom had multiple disabilities – to the grocery store, taught them to cook meals, and introduced them to the Internet. Abbie was teaching at Burrillville High School at the time of her death, after spending time teaching at Cranston East.  Lisa D’Andrea, of Barrington, who attended the nightclub concert with Abbie, also taught special education at Cranston East. Before coming to East, Lisa had worked at the Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital, a psychiatric treatment center for children and adolescents in East Providence.  She enjoyed fitness and helping her students get the most out of life, despite their disabilities.

The Abbie Hoisington and Lisa D’Andrea Scholarship is given annually to two students who graduate from Cranston East and plan to pursue a course of study in special education.

The Albert A. and Cheryl A. Jamiel Scholarship

Cheryl JamielAlbert and Cheryl Jamiel were the devoted parents of four children, all of whom graduated from Cranston East between the years of 1997 and 2006.  Cheryl was a nurse and Albert as a physical therapist who worked at the United Methodist Nursing Home in East Providence and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Providence for 30 years before retiring. Cheryl could always be found in the stands cheering on her kids at any number of sporting events.  Whether it was hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball or field hockey, Cheryl would be there making sure her children knew they were loved and supported.

Cheryl passed away suddenly in September of 2001, Albert passed away in April of 2014. They continue to live on in the hearts of those whose lives they touched.  The Albert and Cheryl Jamiel Scholarship is awarded to a student who excels both in the classroom and athletically while demonstrating a positive attitude.