Students get special back-to-school welcome at Park View Elementary

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Dozens of community leaders in Portsmouth gathered outside of Park View Elementary School in Portsmouth to welcome students back to school on the first day.

The group included members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Prince Hall Masons of Virginia, Levoc Family Services, Park View PTA, Portsmouth Sheriff's department and many local church representatives.

The role models lined the front of the school to 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 Middle School to welcome the students back.