SHELLMAN, GA (WALB) - Students at most South Georgia schools have been hitting the books for several weeks.
But one charter school is a week away from opening for the first time.
Some students at the STEM Charter Academy in Shellman are back to work.
Fourth and fifth graders are attended three-day boot camp to learn about leadership.
"We are having a lot of fun. It's really cool being here and I just think it's awesome," said fourth grader Blaire Cadenhead.
Cadenhead is one of eight children.
She says not only is she a role model at home but for the younger kids in school.
"You have to be very kind and if you let them they will follow you if you do good things," said Cadenhead.
April Eckles teaches first grade.
Since this is the first year for the school, she said it is important to familiarize the leaders of the school.
"So they can get to know the teachers and get to know everything about the school so when the younger kids come they can say hey this is where the bathrooms are this is where the lunchroom is," said Eckles.
They played games and took part in activities about how to be a leader and role model.
"We feel like they are going to be the leaders for our younger kids so we felt like it was importance to get them now and give them a heads up about what we expect out of them," said second grade teacher Cindy Carlson.
Hands on learning is one of the goals of the school.
As a STEM school, the focus will be on science, technology, engineering and math.
Both students and teachers look forward to showcasing their new skills on the first day.
"I learned here that I can help others so they can do good when they are older," said Cadenhead.
The school will hold an open house Thursday and students will start after Labor Day.