"We want you to succeed:" Carver Academy students welcomed back to class in style

MILWAUKEE -- Students at Carver Academy walked into school on the first day Tuesday, September 1st to high fives, cheers, and even a red carpet adding to the excitement of a new school year.

First day of school at Carver Academy

"They want to change our school around and help us be better scholars and improve more," said sixth-grader Charlisia Williams.

"We laid out the red carpet for you because you are so special. We believe in you. We love you. We embrace you. We want you to succeed," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

School and city officials joined the celebration.

"They have high expectations for you. This is a school that is on the rise. In fact, I think MPS is on the rise," said Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.

"I don`t want to get into any more trouble and stuff because I want to pursue my dreams," said Williams.

MPS has several areas of focus for students at all of its schools including literacy, the arts, and attendance.

"A laser-like focus on instruction is really going to be key for us to make sure that we`re making the most out of interventions, but also day-to-day classroom instruction," said MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver.

Big goals with the hopes of students achieving big success.

All students who attended Carver Academy for the first day of school also received a free backpack filled with school supplies thanks to the Salvation Army.

First day of class at Carver Academy