LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Starting the school year can be scary, which is why community members lined the entrance of Lufkin schools to welcome the leaders of tomorrow back into the classroom.
The effort was a district-wide event to let students walk down a red carpet to get to class. The district wanted the students to start the year off on the right note.
"I wanted my kids to understand that the community is behind them with education," said LISD Coordinator for family and community involvement Benita Bennett. "It's important for us to make good connections."
Older students at Lufkin Middle School were met with the familiar faces of members from First United Methodist Church. The church has been working with students for over a decade.
"It can be a great day," said Pastor Jerome Brimmage. "There is hope beyond those front doors on that red carpet. There are teachers and administrators waiting for them for a great year."
The staff and community members understand that it is a tough time when students go back to school, and they wanted to let them know that the community has their back.
"It can be a scary experience and that handshake or welcome or have a great yea kind of helps them and you get that smile out of them," said LISD board member Don Muhlbach.
This will not be the only time the community comes together for the students. Many programs are planned for throughout the year that will involve outside community involvement.
"The old saying that it takes a village is so true," said Brookhollow Principal April Sebesta. "We have community members come in the school throughout the year, and the students are able to see different career options. It lets them know they can come back to Lufkin when they are adults."