River Oaks ES celebrates Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

The River Oaks Elementary School community kicked off the week with a victory lap to honor Ruby Bridges’ walk to William Frantz Elementary School in 1960.

Students, administrators, and staff gathered around the school track wearing purple and holding signs to commemorate the symbolic walk.

“We’ve got a long way to go to stop racism and end bullying at every moment,” said Principal Brett Gallini. “But with our realm of influence, what we’re doing here is celebrating Ruby and making a commitment as IB students to help change the world.”

At six years old, Ruby Bridges became one of the first black children to help integrate New Orleans, Louisiana’s all-white public school system.

Today, she continues to inspire the next generation of leaders to end racism together—one step at a time.

“Each day we must remind ourselves that our differences are what make us unique,” said fifth grader Carlos Cavarcas. “Just as Ruby helped change the world, you can too!”

HISD is proud to partner with the Ruby Bridges Foundation in taking a stand against racism and bullying.

Learn more about the Ruby Bridges Foundation here.