By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 14, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Students had an especially warm welcome at Rickards High School on Monday morning.
A group of community men, dressed in shirts and ties, lined the school to greet students on the first day of school.
Local resident Marvin Boatman says he organized the event to encourage the students and set a positive example.
"I'm just in awe to see all these young gentlemen coming out to support this great cause; making sure that we encourage our kids for this upcoming year; making sure that they know that they have support here in Tallahassee and surrounding areas," Boatman said.
Mayor Andrew Gillum and other community leaders showed up.
Boatman says Monday was not a one-time appearance. He and the other men plan to mentor students throughout the year.