Bronx high school students march to celebrate their college destinations
Forty high school seniors at the Community School for Social Justice in Mott Haven marched their college applications down to the post office to celebrate their future. They joined more than 2,000 seniors nationwide in an annual college march ritual.
"It almost brings you to tears because for them to have the realization that it's all come together," said school counselor Celeste Hill, who has been working with the students since their freshman year of high school through a mentorship program curated by NYC Outward Bound Schools.
"The love you get from the people and the school and how they help you and push you to that goal is you become confident and you become motivated more, said high school senior Consuelo Perez.
Not only did the students submit their final applications, but they also mailed out letters to individuals that have pushed them through their high school journey.
NYC Outward Bound Schools works with public school teachers to volunteer as counselors that help students at every step of their high school journey, alongside parents and social workers.
"Just them knowing that they can do it, that they're worthy of this, that anything is attainable, the sky's the limit," Hill said. "Because these kids, they got this. They have someone in their corner. They'll be able to be successful."
Organizers said this was the first-ever college march in the Bronx but have assured that it won't be the last.