Male role models root students on

Posted at 4:20 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 16:32:58-04

Children at a West Palm Beach elementary school got a warm welcome when they arrived for their first day of classes.

Students at Westward Elementary were greeted by about two dozen male role models; they are part of the "Ties that Bind" program. It aims to help young people reach their full potential by offering levels of mentorship throughout their childhood.

The men gave high-fives and encouraged the youngsters to do well in school.

West Palm Beach Commissioner Corey Neering arranged the meet and greet.

Parents took notice and appreciated the encouragement.

"I thought it was amazing to have men at the front door of school saying good morning to the kids and inspiring them to have a great day," Bithiah Morris said.

"I think it's great and you know it kind of gives the kids encouragement," Shespeare Desire added. "Like my daughter stood there and tried to shake everybody's hand and was like 'whoa, this is cool.' "

The men were stationed at four schools Monday morning. Groups also gathered at Belvedere, Roosevelt and Northmore Elementary.