Dr. Frederick Polite at Southside Middle School wanted to make a strong first impression for students on their first day of school. So he invited community leaders, public safety officials, Marines, and Southside supporters to come out, grab a sign and cheer on the students as they start the school year.
Tuesday morning, as parents pulled up to the school to drop off their students, they were greeted by about 20 guests of the school: Board of Education Members, firefighters, nurses -- everyone.
To reach the front door, students had to walk through a gauntlet of high-fives, cheers and signs encouraging them to have a strong start to the year.
"We want to make sure that the students know they have support from people in the school and out," Polite said. "I want to thank our partners, our public safety, our board members and Marines for coming out and showing students that people care about them."
Similar welcome parties were done by schools across the district.