Greeters volunteer, every Wednesday, to welcome the children to school. Their mission is to provide a positive experience at Howard Kennedy School. Encouragement consists of a smile, a handshake, kind words, and maybe a hug. This is a community-based group started by the Omaha Public Schools. Ben Gray launched the Greeters program that brings black men into schools as role models. These men have taken ownership and pride in working to shape young people, assist teacher and administrators and build a bridge between the community and the school district.