TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - Tift County students returned to the classroom on Tuesday, but some children got a special gift on their first day.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods visited Northside Primary School in Tifton to give about 40 students necessities for the first day of school.
"Any time you have the opportunity to meet the needs of children, it's a wonderful experience," said Woods.
Kindergarten through third-grade students greeted Woods with open arms.
Woods said poverty is one of the biggest issues he and his office deals with.
"This allows us as a state, especially a state agency to really put a human face and a human touch on what we do," said Woods
Through donations from the State Department of Education, 40 backpacks were donated to help meet students' needs.
Northside Primary School Principal Kelly Pearson said that last Friday she received an email saying the state superintendent would be giving backpacks to students Tuesday morning.
"We are very thrilled to have him here today," said Pearson.
And Woods wants all students to feel prepared each day.
"Education is more than just taking a test, and for some kids, that means getting them ready to learn," explained Woods.
Backpacks were filled with paper, pencils, crayons and more.
This was Woods' first stop delivering backpacks.
Woods is scheduled to deliver more to three other schools across the state throughout the beginning of August.
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