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Brand new school gets some brand new pupils

August 7, 2007

Albany --  Anxious students and excited teachers returned to school Tuesday in Dougherty County.  

The first day of school is always a big day for kids and grown-ups.   In fact, the tears today came more from the parents sending their children off to school for the very first time. Some of those kids are lucky to be in a brand new school-- Live Oak Elementary.  

At age five, little Tyler is playing it cool. "He seems calm. I'm more nervous than he is," says Uronda Foulks.

Hand in hand with mom, he's been looking forward to his first day in Kindergarten for quite some time now. "He was excited. This was the first morning he said 'Mommy it's time to go. I'm going to be late,'" Foulks says.

This was the case for many parents with excited students who have a reason to be.

It's a historic day at Live Oak Elementary. Its brand new and staff are busy. "All of the paraprofessionals and teachers in the building have additional duties this morning to see to the safety of all the children," says Principal Ellen Lane.

It's unique architecture outside is complimented by its slanted windows and colorful paintings inside.

When you walk inside the state of the art building, you can't just enter the school-- the doors are locked.

"After a certain time in the morning anyone that comes through our main building has to be routed at our front office to see one of our secretaries," Lane says.

One less worry for parents leaving kids at school for the first time. Now it's just about trusting Tyler's natural given talent. "Great. He's a people person. I think he's going to enjoy this day," Foulks says.

After all, he's been waiting for it.

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