Students clapped-in to start their school day

September 28, 2018 12:33 PM

ALBANY – Some laughed. Some cried. Some high-fived. Some shied-away. But all the kids starting their day at the Albany School of Humanities were “clapped-in” this morning.

"We want all our kids here in Albany to know that we're here for them every morning, we want them to come to school excited about starting their day and build those positive relationships with our families,” said Principal Marie Culihan.

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Amid the claps, noisemakers and hand-slaps high-fives echoed throughout the Albany School of Humanities. It's the district-wide initiative that said over the first few weeks of school, each building was to hold a clap-in with faculty and parents and community members.

"Sometimes all you need is the affirmation from someone that you respect yourself. And who better than the parents and the professionals that serve our city,” said Pastor David Traynham of New Horizons Christian Church and head of ALERT: Albany Law Enforcement Resolution Team.

"It was adults showing appreciation to the kids of what you can do and welcoming them to their school,” said Albany Fire Chief Joseph Toomey. "I was amazed at their smiles.”


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