The only boys public school option in its community, Chattanooga Preparatory School plans to kick off another school year by welcoming its fourth sixth grade class with the help of 150 community members at its fourth annual Chattanooga 300. Men will be on hand to greet the young men of Chatt Prep as they walk from their new collegiate gymnasium, 1801 Kirby Avenue, to the campus on Union Avenue.
Chatt Prep is located in the heart of Highland Park and is the only all-boys public charter school in the community.
The school will welcome over 60 sixth graders on Thursday, Aug. 5, and will grow to serve 500 students in grades sixth-12th over the next four years.
Inspired by other schools around the country, the Chattanooga 300 will be hosted on the first day of school to motivate students and get them excited for the year ahead. The goal of the event is to get 150 men from the school’s mentorship program and community partnerships, in the Highland Park area on Aug. 5, cheering as the young men walk in for their first day. It will be incredibly powerful to have 150 men representing various professions greeting the boys on the first day of school.
Principal Diamond Kelley says she is elated to welcome the new students to Chatt Prep. “Each year we like to begin the year by welcoming our prepsters to our Chattanooga Preparatory family by hosting the 300 Men March," Ms. Kelley said. "The entire team wants them to know that they will not find a more committed group of parents, teachers and community stakeholders. We are all in. Help us show them that we are better together and that they can 'do more' and 'achieve more.'"