NEWARK, NJ — As schools across the country are invaded by armies of princesses, superheroes, skeletons and witches this Halloween, two Newark elementary schools are continuing a unique tradition. Students at KIPP Seek Academy and its counterpart, George Washington Carver Elementary, came to school dressed as their future selves. 

The Picture Me Tomorrow celebration is an annual series of events that combine the fun of Halloween with the schools’ focus on driving their students’ professional ambitions. Rebecca Fletcher, director of school operations at KIPP Seek, said a morning parade is followed by a special assembly and trunk-or-treat. 

“We want to give the kids opportunities to look forward to their future,” Fletcher said. “Everything we do is to create a foundation for students to have access to choice in their lives.”

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Working professionals are invited to the assembly to speak to the students about their jobs each year. Publicist Lynn Hobbes, school principals Antonia O’Sullivan and Kyle Thomas and the fan-favorite DJ Littleman were this year’s guests.

Makenzie Rodriguez, a first-grader at KIPP, was inspired by her teacher for his costume. 

“I dressed up like Mr. Ashour because I want to be a teacher when I grow up!” he said.