October 09, 2014 15:40 Age: 3 yrs

Helping Prove ‘The Possible’: Achievement First Rallies for All NYC Kids

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On October 2, 21,000 parents, teachers, educators and supporters gathered in Foley Square to voice that great schools are possible for all New York City students. Wearing shirts that bore the message “Don’t Steal Possible,” supporters rallied to advocate for quality educational options across the city. Aishah, an AF East New York Middle eighth-grader, and Lucia, a member of Achievement First’s Network Support team, share their thoughts on the rally below.

Aishah:  “This rally brought our school closer together as we fought for a good cause: making sure all children get a quality education. We want ‘the possible’ to actually become possible for all. By participating in this rally, we made sure our voices were heard. I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate and show that I am an active and involved student.”


Lucia: “I felt inspired by the idea of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with students, families and community partners representing traditional public schools. Instead of inadvertently pitting district schools against charter schools, this rally served to unite education advocates, from both sides of the proverbial aisle, who are dedicated to improving schools in New York City. This rally helped Achievement First show our commitment to our mission to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America’s children. I was proud to make a powerful statement, alongside my Achievement First “Team & Family,” about what is possible when our students and young people across the city have access to high quality education options.


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