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Bronx charter school launches school year with virtual Male Heroes Walk

Published on Norwoord News| By Sile Maloney

Public Prep, the nation’s first non-profit network that exclusively develops exceptional, tuition-free PreK and single-sex elementary and middle public schools, is launching the new school year and welcoming students back to virtual classrooms with an annual tradition – a Male Heroes Walk on their first day at Boys Prep Bronx located in the Concourse Village section of the Bronx.

This event began seven years ago as a way for scholars to interact with their heroes whether they are family members, professionals, or school staff. They give out high-fives on their way to class as they kick off the school year and generally encourage the students in school. While COVID restrictions didn’t allow for an in-person procession, school leaders sought to keep the tradition alive with a virtual greeting and walk-through, which will be shown to students on their first day of classes.

“The COVID pandemic has no doubt presented challenges as we prepare to open schools for the upcoming academic year, but we knew we just had to continue this heartwarming tradition for our scholars,” said Janelle Bradshaw, CEO of Public Prep. “This has been a tumultuous time for our students, families, and staff, and we thought it was the perfect time to show how much we support them and stand with them as they continue their academic journey. We know that this heartfelt welcome means so much to everyone involved, and we will do everything we can to continue this wonderful celebration – whether virtually or in person. We welcome our incoming scholars and look forward to an incredible year!”

This year’s celebration included a dozen teachers and staff applauding and welcoming students on video as they virtually entered school. These male heroes were joined by Boys Prep Principal, Dr. Khalek Kirkland, and offered encouraging words and inspiration as the students began their school year. The full video can be watched here.

Today, Bronx charters serve more than 30,000 students – or 14 percent of children in the borough – many of whom have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

To learn more, visit www.ThankYouBx.com.