NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The start of a new school year can be a nervous time for students, but in New Haven, one group of young scholars got some extra special encouragement to reach for the stars.
At King/Robinson Magnet School, an enthusiastic group of adults were on hand to welcome the kids, including School Superintendent Garth Harries and State Senator Gary Winfield.
“I’m trying to make sure the message that we give them is that school is important, not just something we say, but they see us invested in and when they see members of the community have to show up a little late for work, maybe have to be out in the cold, I think children know that we think school is important as well,” said. Sen. Winfield.
Since the opening bell sounded on this new school year, Winfield and other community leaders and volunteers have already traveled to more than a dozen public schools helping to get the kids pumped up about learning.
It’s all a part of an initiative Winfield started last year called ‘Because You Matter.’
“This is meant to bring people of different backgrounds together, all kinds of folks here greeting students and they’re committed to showing that positive energy which is exciting,” said Harries.
A new year with new challenges for students now moving forward knowing without question an entire community is behind them.