They filed off the school bus and went straight through the doors of Pattengill Middle School in Lansing. It's the start of a new school year and many students have butterflies in their stomach.
"I stayed up all night," says 6th grader Davionte Jackson. "I'm kind of nervous."
6th grader Cindy Mares agrees, "I'm kind of shaky."
There to calm their nerves was T.C. Wallace. It, too, was his first day of class as the new Superintendent of the Lansing School District. And he followed in the tradition of greeting parents and students on their first day.
"It's good for us," he says. "Sometimes we're too far removed from the site closest to the child."
That's why he plans to spend about 20 percent of his time in schools. It will be a new tradition for his administration.
"We are the support for the building, and if we are going to provide the level of suppport for each building to be successful, we have to be there."
Lansing School Board President Guillermo Lopez adds, "We have to build on what we have. We have to ensure that we have everything a child needs to learn and be successful in our school district."
During the year, Wallace also wants to see constant student-teacher interaction. Something, he says, he's happy to have already witnessed Tuesday.
"It was refreshing. As we walked around this morning we saw every staff person engaged in converation with youngsters."
With the first day of school under his belt, Wallace says he can finally relax now that the anticipation is over.
"We're off and running, and we're going to have a great school year."