Students head back to school Tuesday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Labor Day is the official end of summer for students all over. But there will be a few changes starting Tuesday.

Hundreds of people lined up around the block Monday morning at the Bethel Center downtown to get a free pair of shoes.

Tameka Mayo has three children going back to school Tuesday. She got up bright and early to make sure they had new shoes for the new school year.

"I've been here since 6 o'clock," Mayo said. "The lines are long and it was wrapped around the building when I got here so I don't know how some people got here but sometimes it's worth the wait."

Deborah Jackson was also in line at six o'clock. She remembers going back to school in style. She wants her two children to have the same fond memories.

"To be able to get free shoes for them means a lot to me," Jackson said. "When I was younger we always got new shoes when we started school."

Rita Willis is one of the organizers. This is the fifth year she's spent her Labor Day giving away shoes to kids before the start of the school year.

"We selected Labor Day purposefully because it's like Christmas," Willis said. "The next day is school and you recall as a child, the first thing you wanted for school was a new pair of shoes."

Tuesday is the first day of school in Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Hopewell and Colonial Heights. That means there will be a few changes, even if you don't have children.

You've probably spent the summer speeding through school zones, but starting tomorrow, these speed limits will be enforced.

You'll also need to stop for a school bus, regardless of which direction you're driving. The only time you won't have to stop for bus is if you're on a divided roadway. Failure to stop could mean a reckless driving charge.

If you have a kid going back to school that could use a new pair of shoes, all the shoes that weren't given away Monday were sent to local school districts to give to kids that couldn't make today's giveaway.

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