The back to school rush is on, as several students and their parents get ready for Tuesday morning's first day of class.
"I'm really excited. I can't wait to get back," says Laingsburg High School freshman Taylor Moverg.
Stocking up on school supplies, students prepare themselves for the start of a new school year filled with new friends, new classes, and new teachers.
Says Bath Elementary School first grader Lindsey Matsumoto, "I like my teachers doing math with me."
While teachers may be the educators, it's the parents, says Lansing School District Superintendent Dr. T.C. Wallace, that ultimately guide a student and his or her district to success.
"The difference between a good school district and a great school district is a level of parental support and involvement," he says.
Adds Williamston Community Schools Assistant Superintendent Narda Murphy, "It's really about having adults be aware of where students are in their learning and being very specific about intervening or providing accommadation when necessary."
Experts says it's also important that parents are involved in the decision-making at school.
"So they feel like when they walk into school, they're part of the team that's helping their children," Williamston Middle School art teacher Barb Michelutti says.