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James Whitcomb Riley High 5  

 
 
There were plenty of high fives to go around as IPS students
began a new academic year.

 

The men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. joined forces
with Urban Initiative’s High-5 Rally to welcome students at Elder W. Diggs School 42 as they
entered the building on Aug. 1. Nearly 100 men (and some women) raised their
hands high — and low, to reach some of our younger scholars — offering not
only high fives, but also positive affirmations.

 

“What a great smile.” … “Have a great day.” … “You’re
awesome!” … These are just a few of the ways students were greeted as they
walked through the High-5 tunnel at Elder W. Diggs!Elder Diggs High 5

 

Although Urban Initiative is the district’s official partner
for High-5 Rallies, that didn’t stop other organizations and community members from
greeting IPS students with the same popular hand gesture throughout the
morning.

 

IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee handed out high
fives at James Whitcomb
Riley School 43
, alongside Principal Bakari A. Posey and members of 100
Black Men of Indianapolis (one of the school’s community partners).

 

At Louis B.
Russell Jr. School 48
, a group of men and women from the community —
including members of neighboring Tabernacle Presbyterian Church — offered high fives
and a few firm handshakes as students began their school day.

 

“I think what we are seeing is the power of our movement
through its replication by other groups,” said Urban Initiative Founder Dr.
Preston T. Adams, about the number of high-five rallies happening throughout the
city. “There’s always strength in numbers and consolidation of efforts. …
However, helping the kids must remain the objective. So, from that perspective,
it’s a win-win.”Louis B. Russell Jr. High 5

 

Throughout the year, Urban Initiative will host 16 High-5 rallies
exclusively at schools throughout the IPS district. Elder W. Diggs kicked off
the first one of the year.

 

Here’s
a look at the group’s upcoming schedule:

Aug.
15 – Carl Wilde School 79, 5002 W. 34th St.

Sep.
12 – George H. Fisher School 93, 7151 E. 35th St.

Sept. 26 – Anna Brochhausen School 88, 5801 E. 16th
St.

 

To learn more about Urban Initiative’s High-5 rallies
or to join the movement, you can visit the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages.