NORTH BALTIMORE — A brotherhood has been formed to aid some at-risk students at Powell Elementary School in North Baltimore.

The first meeting of the “Brotherhood of Honorable Men” met for the first time last week, the North Baltimore school board heard Tuesday.

Developed by Powell School intervention specialists, the brotherhood consists of selected fifth- and sixth-grade students deemed at risk by teachers.

Fifteen students are enrolled, according to Powell Elementary School Principal Mark Lange.

Led by two adult leaders, the group meets once a week during the lunch hour to discuss attributes such as honesty, integrity and commitment.

Lange said the students are expected to dress in “business attire” with ties and dress shoes.

If a student doesn’t have dress clothes, arrangements are made to provide them.

Lange said brotherhood students have received compliments about their attire from other students during school.

“It’s been a huge boost to their self-esteem,” Lange said.

“This is going to be a huge asset to fifth- and sixth-graders,” the principal said.

Separately, Ohio school administrators and teachers are preparing to descend on the state capital in November to voice objections to the state report card system.

Report cards, according to school officials, are unfair.

“It’s a shame. No one is taking this sitting down,” North Baltimore Superintendent Ryan Delaney told the board.

Ohio school officials are organizing a group to take their message to lawmakers in Columbus.

“The state appears to be concerned,” Delaney said of this effort. “They should be. They should be.”

Separately, the school board praised the high school girls golf team which recently captured the sectional championship. District competition is next week.

In other business, the school board heard that turf is being installed in the Woodruff Field House.

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