'Suit Up, Show Up' Event Asks Men of Color to Show Up on First Day of School

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From Delaware Public Media

By Megan Pauly

School is just getting underway for students across the First State, and one group is planning a special surprise for students.

The event is called “Suit Up, Show Up” – and it’s asking 300 men of color to show up at Wilmington’s East Side Charter first thing Tuesday.

Aaron Bass is CEO for Vision Academies, which runs East Side Charter School and Charter School of New Castle’s middle and elementary schools.

“As our students are coming in on the first day of school, we want them to be able to connect with incredible leaders and mentors to be able to understand where they can see their future selves," Bass said.

It’ll be the first event of its kind for the school.

About 84% of East Side Charter’s students come from low-income families, and about 91% of the school’s students were African American last year. That’s why Bass says Vision Academies provides extra layers of support that extend far past Tuesday: into the school year, and beyond.