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MPS students, parents eager to see what new school year brings

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

It was a busy day at Montgomery Public Schools as students and teachers headed back to class!

Lots of work went into getting things ready for the new school year and the community came out in a big way to welcome students.

It was a high energy morning Wednesday as special guests greeted children on their way in to the classroom.

At Davis Elementary School, members of the Faulkner University football team, cheer team and band, along with the Prattville Patriots volunteered their time to help brighten up the first day of school. They lined up outside to give each student a high-five and wished them well as they went into the building.

Meanwhile at Goodwyn Middle School, city council and school board members offered support and words of encouragement.

“I think it's really good to see the kids get off to a fresh start for a new school year and I want to be here to share some of the excitement with them and just make sure they know we're here to support them,” said Montgomery City Councilman Richard Bollinger, who represents District 1.

“I've talked to a couple of new kids who are coming in from Morningview and Dalraida so this really is a new experience for them and then you have the seventh and graders who are old hands at this. Everybody is excited,” added MPS School Board Member W. Durden Dean who represents District 2.

Goodwyn Principal Curtis Black shared some interesting programs he thinks will be key to taking things to the next level this school year.

“We excited to embark on a new year and start this journey with our new students and our returning students, as well as our new faculty and our new partners,”  he said. “One thing that we're working on this year is our partnerships with AUM and their College of Education and the outreach program with MPD and Chief Finley. We're really looking forward to our mentoring program for our at-risk students. It's going to be an exciting time at Goodwyn Middle School.”

Kailey Boggan, a seventh grader at Goodwyn Middle School, embraced her friends as they reunited and walked in together.

“I'm just looking forward to having a fun school year. It was great seeing all of my friends this morning, running and hugging them,” she said. “I want to get my education. I want to be a scientist when I grow up. I'm good at science.”

Parents proudly walked their children into school and made sure they had what they needed for their classes.

“I'm just hoping for a good school year. It's going to be different because we're new to the area so we're just hoping for a good school year,” said Shirley Smith.

“My son was a little nervous but I think he'll be alright. I might have been more nervous than him,” added Charles McMeans. “It think it's going to be a new experience and seeing him learn new things. It'll be fun for him.”

“A lot of people might say that they can't wait for the kids to get back to school. Actually, I get a little sad when my child leaves because I have so much fun with my son. I do a lot with him. But it teaches him how to be a better young man,” stated Yetta Patterson.

Many families indicated that they are hopeful that they will see some improvements with the State Department of Education’s intervention of MPS.

“It should be a good thing and hopefully we have a pretty good year with them being involved in the education system. I would like to see improvements in math, science, social studies, history, everything to help build a solid foundation for them,” said Jerry Powell. “I'm excited for the kids and looking forward to the school year for them and everything. I have two nieces attending Davis Elementary School and I'm just as excited as they are.”

“I think it's great and I think we're going to see some big accomplishments this year for our children,” added Peggie Johnson. “They are going to be learning great, different things and I have four great-grandchildren in this school this year and I am so excited.”

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