GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - More than 650 students walked through the doors of Waccamaw Elementary School Thursday morning to kick off the 2015-2016 school year.
Most were smiling from ear-to-ear and many didn't come empty handed.
"I got flowers for her because I want to thank her for being my teacher," said third grade student Fisher Gallup.
Most were eager to start the school year, each looking forward to a different part of the day.
"Because I have the same teacher as last year," said one student.
"Lunch!" Said Second grader Blair Cherry.
Principal Vervatine Reid had one message for students and parents alike.
"We are so glad to see you," said Principal Reid. "We are going to have fun and learn at Waccamaw Elementary."
This year marks Principal Reid's 7th year as principal of the school. She says these students are an important part of why Georgetown County School District has received an excellent rating in the state three years in a row.
"It's all about safety educating and celebrating for success," said Principal Reid.
Superintendent Dr. Randall Dozier has worked in schools for almost 4 decades and says all 9,700 students in the 21 schools in the district need to remember this message throughout the school year.
"To be successful, one you need to be on time," said Dozier. "Secondly, you need to be there. If you're not there, you can't participate."
For the first day of school, that didn't seem to be problem. Many couldn't get through school doors to start the new year fast enough.