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How A Group Of Students Took On The City Of Providence – And Won

It took about 2.5 miles for Zack Mezera to know the group of high school students he was working with were on to something big.

Mezera, the 24-year-old executive director of the Providence Student Union, was among the 50 city officials, policymakers and political hopefuls who joined the student activist group on 2.96-mile walk to school from the city’s Wanskuck neighborhood to the Providence School Department on Westminster Street in February 2014 to highlight a longstanding busing policy that required students to live more than three miles from school in order to qualify for a free bus pass.