The first day of school is always a bit nerve racking.
"I'm nervous, I don't want to be late for class," 6th Grader Jacob Stewart said.
"We feel really nervous and we feel a lot new," 6th Grader Christian Santana said.
And not just for the kids...
"A little anxiety, a little anxiousness, excitement," Parent Severin Jeam said.
"We're excited, but also nervous," Parent Leah Perkins said. "It's a big school."
But the Lansing School District was hoping to ease the transition for everyone Tuesday with some new faces.
"I help greet parents and kids and hopefully direct them in the right direction," Dominic Carbone of Hungry Howie's Pizza said.
It's all part of an expanded initiative to have pastors, former mayors, and a wide variety of business and community leaders present at several district buildings.
The superintendent said this new "welcoming committee" is a way to show students that community members care and are engaged in their learning.
"Our goal has always been to involve parents and community members into the education process," T.C. Wallace said.
The plan, he said, is to keep that momentum going all year.
"Hopefully, it will translate into improved student achievement," Wallace said.
Call it a test for the community to stick around and show their support.
"It's important people get engaged to help these kids," Carbone said. "They are our future."
So far, these business leaders get an "A" for effort.
Other business leaders who participated in this morning's meet and greet were members of Blackman incorporated, Grand Limousine, and Fitzgerald and Associates among others.