BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The very first day of school can be a mix of nerves and excitement, but it's mainly filled with anticipation.
On Thursday, to help relieve the stress, a special orientation was held at West Hertel Academy in Buffalo for pre-K and kindergartners. The eager students got a chance to tour the building, take a bus ride and meet with their teachers.
Site facilitator Tamieka Johnson said, "We don't want them to be afraid when they come in. We want them to know they are a part of our family. We want them to be comfortable. We want them to understand attendance makes their way into the education realm and that is very important to set that tone in the beginning."
Because absenteeism is such a big problem in Buffalo schools, parents also got a lesson on the importance of making sure kids are in school each and every day.
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