Bed-Stuy School Sends First-Ever Graduating Class Off To College

Bed-Stuy School Sends First-Ever Graduating Class Off To College

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BED-STUY, BROOKLYN — And the high school seniors are off! But not without some swag.

Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA) Charter School, an all-girls high school on Stuyvesant Avenue, held a “college shower” on Monday for their seniors, the first graduating class in the school’s history.

The shower came complete with college gear, including duffel bags, dorm supplies and wireless headphones for each of the 50 young women leaving BELA for their respective colleges.

“Today, you are rewriting history and contributing to the legacy of District 16 of Bedford-Stuyvesant,” BELA cofounder and head of school Nicia Fullwood said to the graduating students. “We’ve always said that you all were destined for greatness; that you’d change the world in ways we could never imagine. Despite your non-traditional senior year, today, we celebrate all of you.”