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Fall River: One of the Top 100 Cities for Youth

Hunter Reis '13
Opinion Editor
Brenna Riley '12
October 14, 2011

On October 12, a live webcast, presented by America's Promise Alliance, announced Fall River as one of the top 100 communities for young people in the country. Students, faculty, and area leaders took part in the celebration in the Robert J. Nagle Auditorium.

The organization that offers the award believes that every child should be given five promises that will help them to succeed academically, socially, and civically. These promises include caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education, and opportunities to help others. Fall River was given this prestigious award because of the presence of these promises in the community.

City officials speak after Fall River is announced as a winner
--Hilltop File Photo

At the assembly around thirty students from Durfee clubs and activities were given the opportunity to watch the webcast live from Washington DC. The webcast discussed the five promises and presented all of the cities and towns elected as the top cities in America for young people.

America's Promise Alliance announces the Top 100 communities for young people every year. This is the first time that the city of Fall River has been awarded this honor.

 After Fall River was selected, Mayor Will Flanagan, Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown, and various others spoke at the presentation.

Mayor Flanagan gave an inspiring speech, saying "You are the future of our community." Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown spoke about how Fall River has greatly improved through the years. By making advances in education, such as lowering the drop out rate, Fall River has climbed to be one of the top communities in the country.

Winning this competition awarded Fall River with a $2,500 grant to fund local services, along with a banner congratulating the city. This banner will be displayed in the lobby of the government center for a short time and then will be moved to popular attractions throughout the city, including all of the schools.

"It is a good recognition for Fall River. It makes us more appealing to people in other communities," said Kate Massoud, a junior at Durfee.