Annual '100 Rising' male role-model event at 
Cincinnati charter school welcome students

Jenny Burman | WCPO contributor
12:00 PM, Aug 27, 2016

Monday was the first day of school for Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy, located at 1425 Linn Street. The majority of CCPA's 940 students are minority and classified as living in poverty. Any yet, under the leadership of Mr. Guyton Mathews, CCPA's Chief Administrator, his education team and direction from the governing board this great public charter school provides a wonderful educational experience for its students.

Mr. Ron Gore, President of CCPA's governing board is in front of line to greet students 

This was CCPA's second annual '100 Rising' event that was inspired by the Atlanta chapter of
100 Black Men, which in 2015 called for black men to welcome students to the new school year. This wonderful event is intended to offer positive role models, strengthen community and get area men involved in the school as volunteers.

CCPA is supported by many positive, successful men that are not that stereotype of the streets. They are businessmen, entrepreneurs -- people that are doing a lot of positive things in Cincinnati. It is important to let students see that there are men supporting them.
As children arrived at CCPA in blue uniforms, "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire and other songs played over a loudspeaker as they were met with high-fives and handshakes.

Ms. Michelle Simpson, assistant principal of the high school, said, "This gives our kids a fresh start, as they begin the school year to get them motivated and feeling good about themselves."

Robert Butler, a parent who arrived ahead of his child said, "My son will be in the sixth grade and he has been attending CCPA for the last six years. We're welcoming all the kids back on the first day of school just to show that we want our kids to excel in school. If you start on a good foot, you end on a good foot. There is a bunch of proud parents here today."

Among the community members attending was Eliot Isaac, chief of the Cincinnati Police Department . "I got a call from one of the gentlemen that I knew who was participating and he asked me to come."

"Supporting our kids is one of the most important things we can do for our community. I've worked in this community for a lot of years. To see the College Preparatory Academy educate this number of kids is a very exciting thing. I couldn't think of a better way to start the day."

CCPA - a great charter school, changing the lives of its students!

August 31, 2016