DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - It's all about the camaraderie for Dougherty County teachers.
Friday morning roughly 2,600 school employees had their annual pep talk.
This is ahead of welcoming students back on Monday.
Faculty lined Albany State University's gym.
They were decked out from head to toe in their school's colors.
Dougherty High's Marching band led the celebration.
Then Superintendent Ken Dyer welcomed the teachers with an inspirational speech.
"This is one of the few times when every member of the school system is together in one location. I think it's great unity, great excitement and enthusiasm for the first day of school," said Dyer.
Teachers said they enjoyed the pep rally.
"It's fun to see all of the schools coming together, representing their schools," said Kathy Hardison, an instructional coach at Westover High School.
"It forms a closer group of teachers when we are able to come together and just get motivated," explained Asia Hawkins, a kindergarten teacher at West Town Elementary School.
About 85 new teachers were added to the system this year.
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