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Hundreds of RPS Students March for More State Funding

Community members marched from MLK Jr. Middle School to the State Capital Saturday to demand more school funding. Evie King/WCVE

Instead of sleeping in on Saturday morning, hundreds of RPS students showed up to march for more funding for their schools. Some of the problems they want fixed?

“I want to see the rats gone.”

“Better computers, better internet, better wifi.”

“More textbooks, cause we have to like share it. We can’t take them home.”

That was Armstrong High’s Dominique Rivers, Trayvon Smith, and India Williams.

Williams and others marched across the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial bridge, holding signs with messages like “Fund our future” and “Commit to kids.” Williams said as a student, she was encouraged by the amount of people supporting the cause.

“It makes me feel hopeful to see that we’re making a change and we’re not the only ones who’s actually fighting for more funding for our schools.”

Another rally is planned for January 28th, where educators and students hope to catch the attention of legislators who’ll be back in session.