LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "We tried to eliminate their fears this morning and give them a smile. We told them if they got lost to come find us, and we'll help them find their next class," said Cindy Rich, Reading 180 teacher.
One thing on many nervous students' and parents' mind is bullying. According to stopbullying.gov, most bullying in middle school takes place in the classroom. However, Lufkin Middle School supervisors said teachers are always watching.
"Teachers are all aware of being the watchful eye in case we see something," said Rich. "It's the teacher that'll notice something, and they'll go to the student because kids are sometimes a little nervous about reporting some things."
One way the school is implementing a no bullying zone is with this year's theme SMILE.
"Each teacher is focused on building a relationship with groups of students and being attentive and proactive," said Goffney.