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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > October 2014 > 2014 Stay Focused Stay In School

2014 Stay Focused Stay In School


October 23, 2014 – With the school year now underway, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Buffalo Public Schools Interim Superintendent Donald A. Ogilvie, BPS Board of Education members, Sam Radford and fellow members of the District Parent Coordinating Council, Deputy Mayor Ellen Grant, Deputy Police Commissioner Kimberly Beaty and others, hit the road on a city-sponsored bus tour to five schools today in an effort to encourage students to stay in school, graduate and boost their potential.

“Most of our students begin their day on a school bus and today we are too because we want our city youth to know that their education is important for both their future and the future of our City,” said Mayor Byron Brown, noting that a new Buffalo is taking shape with over $5 billion in economic development activity underway, resulting in over 12,000 new job opportunities. “My message to students is that Buffalo cares about them.   I care about them and now that the school year is underway, I urge students to stay focused, stay in school and finish strong.”

The tour kicked off at Emerson School of Hospitality, where Mayor Brown:

  • Rallied students to rise above any distractions and stay focused, work hard and graduate
  • Spoke about the importance of attendance, highlighting a new ‘Attendance Champions’ Campaign and the ‘Ready Freddie’ Truancy Prevention Program
  • Showcased ways his administration is helping to raise academic and workforce achievement:
    • Say Yes to Education Buffalo
    • STEM Challenge
    • Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Employment Program
    • Mayor Brown also issued a proclamation declaring October as “Anti-Bullying Month” in the City of Buffalo as part a new coalition between the BULLY Project and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to raise awareness about the effects of bullying.

The new coalition stems from the success of "Bully," a 2011 film documenting bullying in schools across the country. As part of this new partnership, Mayor Brown announced today that the City of Buffalo is once again teaming up with AT&T and the Buffalo Public Schools to host a screening of the movie “Bully’ on October 30, 2014 at the historic North Park Theatre.  The goal of the red carpet event, targeting high school students, is to further educate students and raise awareness about the effects of bullying.

Mayor Brown issued today’s proclamation at the Emerson School of Hospitality because in 2011 Emerson students won Mayor Brown’s city-wide contest to develop a slogan that sends a clear message to bullies:  “Buffalo Bulldozes Bullying”.

“My ‘Stay focused, Stay in School’ tour is meant to show our students that the city of Buffalo values them and wants them to succeed and graduate,” Mayor Brown said.  “We are proud of the recent gains we’ve made in the graduation rate and strongly believe that our students can continue that trend and even exceed it.”

Today’s bus tour also made stops at International School #45, South Park High School, Buffalo Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (BAVPA) and Waterfront School #95. The City of Buffalo Commission on Citizens’ Rights & Community Relations, under the direction of Crystal Rodriguez, served as the primary coordinator for today’s event.