100 Man Welcome Event Celebrates 100 Days of School
FA marked the 100th day of the school year with a special celebration on January 26, 2022. Now in its fifth consecutive year, the event was co-sponsored this year by The Father Center of New Jersey.
Though it was a chilly day (10 ºF), male leaders from our community representing nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, the police and fire departments, fraternities, and our Board of Directors, came out to lend their support as our 9-12 grade scholars entered the FA Collegiate building on 22 Grand Street and during the afternoon at a parade for K-8 graders at 363 West State Street. Each location included festive music and decorations (balloons, banners, pom poms, and foam fingers).
“Every day, you will make decisions that will change your trajectory, to ensure your success,” proclaimed Eric Bullock, FA Primary School Leader of Student Culture. “Today you will go forth, and continue to be great.”
While holding a “Trenton Together” sign, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora said, “there are 100 yards in football and you just crossed the finish line!”
Carter Patterson, Director of Programs at The Father Center, was at both events, holding a banner that read “LET’S GOOOO!.” The school mascot, The Knight (sophomore Isaiah Barthold), gave out elbow bumps. Trenton Thunder mascot Boomer was in attendance accompanied by Thunder President Jeff Hurley and CRO Jon Bodnar.
An Inspirational Video
During the day, an inspirational video was shown in each class featuring men offering congratulations and encouragement to K-12 students. These included celebrities Ramon Reed, the Young Simba in Broadway’s “The Lion King,” children’s performer Hip Hop Harry, and businessman and Shark Tank host, Daymond John.