The kids walking in to William M. Boyd Elementary School this morning were greeted by music, a “green” carpet and staff member Beatrice Sewell’s cowbell.
Sewell spent most of her morning yelling “back to school!” and greeting children as they hopped out of cars and buses.
It was the first day back for many in the Atlanta area, and it was a big deal for teachers and administrators too. Around 50,000 students attend Atlanta Public Schools alone.
To celebrate the first day back, at Boyd Elementary, teachers waved pom-poms and danced around the hallways to the music of Drake. Peyton Forest Elementary School celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a circus-themed celebration.
Sewell said it’s all part of an effort to make sure kids want to come back to the classroom.
Superintendent Meria Carstarphen was making the rounds at schools around Atlanta. She said she hoped the rain wouldn’t hurt attendance.
“The research is clear. When you miss the first couple of days of school. The first week of school. You typically have lower grades through the school year and you’re more likely not to graduate,” Carstarphen said.