— ABC News (@ABC) August 11, 2017
The first day of school sucks, but not for this all-boys school in Atlanta.
Last week, over 70 adult men in the community came to cheer on the 370 boys grades 6-12 as they started school at Best Academy of Atlanta. The men formed a tunnel of encouragement to cheer, clap, and high-five the students as they entered the school.
While it is hard to hear what the men are cheering, one student told ABC that a man pulled him aside and told him, “You look like you’re going somewhere. You’ll be famous soon.”
“That was kind of special because not too many people think that of me. It was a boost in morale,” the student said.
The warm welcome was organized by several Atlanta non-profit organizations, including 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Emerging 100 of Atlanta, The Collegiate 100 and the 100 Black Men of America.
The program director for 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the liaison for the school, Ray Singer, said the event was not just for the kids, but the mentors as well.
“At the end of the day, all of our volunteers walked away with just as much as experience as the student,” he told ABC News. “It gives them an opportunity to have some real dialogue with students about careers … and they walk away feeling uplifted.”
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