Students swap beach towels for text books as school year begins

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Monday marks the first day of school for students in several counties across the Lowcountry.

Students in Dorchester County Districts 2 and 4, Colleton, Beaufort, and Williamsburg Counties all begin school Monday.

"I can't wait for the kids to get here, we've been having lots of events all along, but the first day of school is like no other day," said Joseph R. Pye Elementary Principal Wanda Carroll

It is an even more exciting day for students at Dorchester County's newest elementary school, Joseph Pye Elementary.

"We are combining three communities in this school, it's very, very diverse group of people and we are just looking forward to celebrating our differences and bringing everything together," Carroll said.

The new school welcomed nearly 700 students from Summerville, North Charleston and Ladson. The school took nearly two years to build, equipped with everything to help their students succeed, including their mascot.

"The mascot and the theme of the school is exploration and discovery and imagination and trotter is our mascot," said DD2 Superintendent Joseph R. Pye.

The first day is obviously fun for any student, but it's even more special when you are one in a handful of students attending a brand new school.

"I think it's really awesome," said parent Marcella Horlbeck. "It's something that is going to get the kids motivated, and I think that it is letting them know that the world is just the world is theirs, they can travel and do whatever they want to do."

Tuesday will also be a busy day as students in Berkeley and Charleston Counties hit the books after a long summer off.

Another thing you may want to add to your back to school list is safety.

To prevent back pain, make sure your child's backpack doesn't weigh more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight.

Make sure kids know to wash their hands before meals and after playtime to prevent spreading germs.

Talk to your kids about goals for the school year and what they're looking most forward to. You may be surprised by what they say.

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