Hundreds of elementary students marched through the streets of Pleasantville this morning in an effort to have their voices heard.
They hit the pavement early this morning and they had one message.
"To rise up against adversity. To rise up against drugs and gangs. To rise up against the destruction of our families. To rise up against adversaries. To rise up, to rise up, to rise up," 11-year-old James Waugh said.
Walking through town with their teachers, students from South Main Street Elementary wanted everyone to hear that message loud and clear.
Fifth grader Ashauna Francis led her class in the march and shares some of the important lessens her class is learning.
"If we do the right thing and make the right choices well be able to get in a better college and if we make the right choices now then when we go to college then well be able to get into a better one," Ashauna said.
Police and city leaders were on hand for the event that was organized for Black History Month and to promote making good choices early on.
Leaders spoke about the importance of Friday's message.
"They have really taken this to heart. When they are saying they want to rise up against gun violence and bullying this is how they feel in their hearts," Principal Felicia Hyam-Medley.
"I want the world to change. I want world peace. I don't want what we have right now. I don't want violence. I don't want gangs. I don't want drugs. I don't want school dropouts," 5th grade student Adina Lam said.
After the march students met in front of the school. Ashauna shared her future goals.
"If we go on to college, instead of Getting a job you can get a career and a career can be larger than a job," Ashauna said.
South Main Street Elementary School says they will continue to work with police and the city in order to set a good example for the students.