by Jose Alfaro
The Bridgeport charter school community, recently got together on a brisk, late summer morning, to roll up its sleeves and pitch in to clean up a local park.
The group of students, parents and teachers came from Achievement First, Bridge Academy, Great Oaks Charter School, New Beginnings Family Academy, and Park City Prep to spend the morning cleaning up Washington Park.
Bridgeport charter school leaders and the Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) coordinated the clean-up. More than 150 supporters showed up to participate. This great turnout demonstrates that school leaders, teachers, parents and are not only invested in their students, but invested in their community as well.
Also among the participants were members of the education advocacy community, community leaders as well as elected officials. City Councilwoman Milta Feliciano and State Senator Andres Ayala Jr. came out to take part, as well as provide a few words of inspiration and encouragement.. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch also came out to show support and even took a selfie or two with charter school students.
At the beginning of the event, Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace provided an enthusiastic call-and-response proclaiming that, “Charter schools are public schools!”
The event ended with a celebratory cookout at Bridge Academy complete with great food and music. Community members ate, danced and celebrated their unity in the movement.
Check out our Facebook photo album of the day's festivities here!
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