KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Northeast Elementary School welcomed around a dozen special guests Monday for its Male Motivational Monday series.
The series brings fathers, pastors, barbers, educators, elected officials, and others to the school once every month to meet with male students and bring positive reinforcement.
“Every story is about hope, it’s one of inspiration, motivation and a charge of letting our beautiful boys know they can do and be whatever they want to do, but they have to put the work in,” Felicia Solomon, principal at Northeast Elementary, said.
She added that she started the series this school year to show her male students, some of whom don’t always have positive reinforcement outside of school, what they could potentially be when they get older, and to give local men a chance to be involved in local schools.
“Our boys need to be able to see what they can become,” Solomon said.
Down East Wood Ducks third baseman Josh Morgan came to speak to the crowd.
“I’ve been in their shoes and you know growing up, having a role model and trying to look up to someone,” said Morgan. “So I think it’s cool that I can be one of the people that they might be able to look up to on and off the field, so I think it’s really cool.”
Morgan also spoke to the children about staying in school.