RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The entire staff at Blackwell Elementary walked through the Hillside Community Friday handing out goodies and meeting their new students. They say this is all an effort to build better relationships and connect the school to the community.
It wasn't students but teachers boarding the bus Friday, on a mission to reach as many parents and students as they can.
"We love our children here so we just want to make the very first day of school very enjoyable and easy to adjust to," said Blackwell teacher Josephine Waddie.
"I think it's a wonderful way to get to know them and for us to see them where they live. And we do so want their participation at school. We need their help because we can't do it by ourselves," said teacher Beth Davis.
The teachers say it's about strengthening relationships and starting the school year off right.
"This is my son's first year so that made me feel extra special. I like the fact that they did come out and check it out," said parent Brendan Wright.
"Just to see everyone care, you know, about the kids out here. Being that it's my daughters first year in school it makes me feel good," said Richmond parent Rayquel Allen.
Blackwell's principal believes this effort has been so successful he plans to make this an annual event.
If you have questions or concerns about the new school year Richmond public schools has set up a back to school hotline. The number to call is 804-354-1122. The lines are open from 7:30 in the morning until 5:30 at night and runs through September 10.