A Trenton Tradition: FA Hosts 100 Man Welcome

Community Invited to Join Event Feb. 9

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Pep Rally & Welcome Parade Celebrates Trenton Students

Foundation Academies invites men from the community to join our annual 100 Man Welcome cheering scholars K-12 and celebrating education at 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. We ask participants to please register in advance at bit.ly/FA100ManWelcome2024

Foundation Academies is a Trenton public charter school educating more than 1,000 students from kindergarten through Grade 12. FA opened more than 15 years ago, and launched the 100 Man Welcome to rally the community and demonstrate support for students.

"This is a great way to show children that our community values their hard work in the classroom," said FA CEO Sheria McRae. "To see positive role models, caring men from our community celebrating education motivates our scholars to stay focused and finish the school year strong."

This Trenton tradition brings together policymakers, community leaders, parents, friends, corporate leaders and neighbors to cheer FA scholars as they arrive for school. The show of support recognizes the effort our scholars put in every day to achieve their goals, and encourages them to keep striving at a critical point in the academic year.

The event kicks off with a light breakfast and rally at each campus providing an opportunity for participants to share inspiration and encouragement before lining campus hallways to share positive energy with arriving scholars. We ask participants to please register in advance at bit.ly/FA100ManWelcome2024

Participants can choose to welcome scholars at our K-8 campus, 363 W. State St., or at FA Collegiate, 22 Grand St. Please bring identification.

"The 100 Man Welcome is one of my favorite Foundation traditions," said Mrs. McRae, who joined the FA community in 2010. "I love how it brings our scholars and community together to celebrate learning."

The event is aligned with research showing the importance of male role models in the lives of children. The Mid‐Atlantic Equity Center found "children who have fathers or male (role models) involved in their education are more likely to: get better grades; have better verbal and problem solving skills; do better on achievement tests; demonstrate a higher tolerance for stress and frustration; are more likely to have positive peer relationships (Allen & Daly, 2007); are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities; and, have fewer discipline problems (U.S. Department of Education, 2012)."

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Michelle Ruess