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Rolling Out the Red Carpet on the First Day of School

August 27, 2019 06:41 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Students in Rochester have already started heading back to school this year. Tuesday morning, more than 300 students entered the Rochester Central Lutheran School in style.

It’s the oldest independent school in Rochester, but it is starting a new tradition. Faculty members rolled out a red carpet for students to make their grand entrance. 

"We want the returning students and the brand new students to come and feel very welcome and excited. They are coming into their school community a place where they are going to spend a lot of time this year and we want them to be very excited,” said Principal Suzanne Lagerwaard.

Faculty members and 7th and 8th graders lined the red carpet, cheering and high-fiving the entering students. 

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"For the older students to be able to stand and cheer the younger students on and give them high-fives just sets the tone that we are looking for in our school,” said Lagerwaard.

It’s the second year they are rolling out the red carpet. Both years 8th grader Autumn Young has cheered on the sidelines. 

"It feels good because I was one of them and I was a bit nervous. So I feel like if we had this experience it would be lots of fun and I would feel welcome and excited to be here,” said Young.

Lagerwaard said it’s the perfect way to build the school culture for the year. 

" We want a culture here where students are filled with a sense of safety and love and care. We know that if they feel loved and they feel cared for they are going to do very well in terms of their learning,” she said.

Covering a lot of ground, with a short walk across the red carpet. 

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