NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - A contingency from New Rochelle took Washington, D.C. by storm on Wednesday, traveling to the White House as a guest of President Barack Obama at his “My Brother’s Keeper Challenge” summit.
Last week, New Rochelle City Councilman Jared Rice and High School Principal Reggie Richardson, the co-chairs of MBKNewRo, took part in the summit, where they participated in several breakout sessions and discussed how to improve educational opportunities for the entire community.
During the sessions, the representatives were broken up by region, where they discussed stories and ideas to see the commonalities of where their individual programs are succeeding or failing.
"One of the most American things is advocating for the disenfranchised, for the displaced, and for the underdog," Richardson said. "The idea that there is a nationwide network of committed to supporting our students is absolutely inspiring."
“We’re talking about issues that matter, we’re talking about helping young people in New Rochelle reach their potential and succeed,” Rice added. “We’re going to do our best to bring these resources back to New Rochelle.”
Following their breakout sessions, Richardson and Rice were amongst dozens of educators and local officials to listen to a speech from Obama himself, where he promised to keep the “My Brother’s Keeper Challenge” alive, even when he leaves office next month.
“President Obama said that we have only scratched the surface of our work with My Brother’s Keeper, and I feel the same way. My Brother’s keeper is here to stay,” Rice added. “We have a lot of work to do if we want to level the playing field so that all members of our community can reach their potential in life.”
"It certainly inspires us to work harder and continue the work," Richardson added.