City Hall Rolls out the Red Carpet for Scholars from Burns School and Burns School as a Part of College and Career Awareness Month

City Hall Rolls out the Red Carpet for Scholars from Burns School and Burr School as a Part of College and Career Awareness Month

Burns School Scholars and their teachers admire the City Hall architecture.
Kindergarten through 4th Grade Scholars from Burns School and Burr School who achieved high marks were able to visit City Hall for a morning tour during the last week of October.  Students were able to meet with government officials who spoke about their college and career experiences, have a tour of City Hall, visit with Mayor Segarra– and students from Burns were even able to visit the interior of the Mayor's office.

Mayor Segarra gives the students official City of Hartford lapel pins as they tour his office.

The tours were organized by Sonia Dinnall, the Director of College and Career Readiness at Hartford Public Schools, Karla Cruz, the Project Manager for the High School Graduation Initiative, and City Councilman Jose Cruz, Jr.   Mr. Cruz is an Inter-American University of Theology and Hartford High School graduate, born and raised in Hartford, who currently works for Catholic Charities as a Fatherhood Specialist – providing Healthy Marriage support, Father involvement curriculum, and job search services. Joel served four years of distinguished active service in the U. S. Marine Corps.  He was the first to relay his story to the children and to introduce the idea to them that what they do now affects the rest of their lives as they get closer to their own college experiences.

High achievers from Burns School join their teachers and city officials in the City Council Chambers.
Sonia Dinnall also spoke to the young scholars about studying hard and having great attendance so they can receive Hartford Promise benefits when they go to college.  Other speakers included John Bazzano of Town & City Clerk's office, Sabina Sitaru, the CIO of MHIS, Keith Chapman of Public Works, Domineco Greco of Tax and Assessment, Marc Nelson from the Tax Office, Deputy Police Chief Bill Long, Fire Chief Carlos Huertas, Tara Washington of the city's Procurement Office, and Fire Captain Helene Lynch.
Burr School's High Achievers and their teachers meet Sonia Dinnall outside of City Hall.
Mr. Cruz, then led the students into the Mayor's chambers where they were wowed by the architecture and the portraits of all of Hartford's past mayors.  Mayor Pedro Segarra visited with the scholars and answered many questions from "Do you have any pets?" to "What is your most important job?"  After telling the students about his priority of keeping the people of Hartford safe, and answering many other questions, he led the Burns students through a tour of his office and gave them each an official City of Hartford lapel pin.  The students had also received Hartford lapel pins. and they sported both pins proudly as they completed their tour. 
Hartford Public Schools remains so thankful to all of the generous people of the city who give their time and energy to help support and lift up our students.  Thank you.
Burr School high achievers enjoy the Council Chambers.


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