Back to School: Men gather to welcome back Cradock Middle School students

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Dozens of men in Portsmouth gathered outside of Cradock Middle School in Portsmouth to welcome students back to school on the first day.

The group includes men from the Portsmouth Police Department, Grove Baptist Church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Morning Star UHC, Order of the Eastern Star, and Freemasons.

The men lined the front of the school and share words of encouragement with students as they walked in for their first day back.

They started the initiative in 2015 and saw a huge turnout as more than 150 men from the community gathered at Cradock to welcome the students back.