PLEASANTVILLE — Students, faculty and community leaders paraded Wednesday morning around the South Main Street School for the fifth annual Rise Up March.

This year’s march theme was “Education: This Means War,” which Principal Felicia Hyman-Medley said was chosen to support public education and show young students the importance of school. Students carried paper shields with messages to explain the importance of fighting for their education.

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The day started with a meet-and-greet among school administrators, community leaders and parents.

Before the march, an assembly took place in the school’s gym, where community leaders signed the “Declaration of Education,” a promise to support education. Students also pledged to try their best and work hard.

“It’s to fight and to stand up for education,” said Delnora Rowell, a third-grade teacher at the South Main Street School.

Students then filed out of the school and walked around the grounds to the front lawn, where students from all six schools in the district spoke about the importance of education and Black History Month.

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