Community Members: Join Mount Vernon High School Friday for Unity Day
Mount Vernon community members including clergy, politicians and community groups are invited to come to Mount Vernon High School on Friday – Unity Day – to encourage students to keep a positive attitude and make the most of their education.
The Mount Vernon City School District has organized the day to set a positive tone at the high school beginning Friday, the first day all the students are back in the school. The adults will walk the hallways and the neighborhood in solidarity with the students, to welcome them and to cultivate a safe environment where they can engage in and develop a love for learning.
“It’s an empowerment day,” said Dr. K Veronica Smith, the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Support Services. “We want to have a presence of positive people who will support the students and welcome them back.”
The day will begin with an orientation for the adults around 7:45 a.m. to discuss the best ways to approach and speak with the students. Administrators will be on hand all day to greet and chat with adults who arrive after the orientation before they begin speaking with students. The day ends at 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Smith expects local dignitaries, clergy members and members of the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities, among others.
The positive messages will continue Monday, National Stop the Violence Day, when speakers will be patched into the three high schools by video, including Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, former Superintendent Dr. Brenda Smith, Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard, Mount Vernon City Court Judge Nichelle Johnson and others.
Community members who are interested in taking part in Unity Day on Friday may call Dr. Smith, (914) 358-2323 for more information, or come to the school at 100 California Road with identification.