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LEBANON, Tenn.- Although many schools won't start the new academic year for more than a week, several of them opened their doors Wednesday.
At Lakeview Elementary School, Principal Stan Moss was the leader of the welcoming committee Wednesday.
Parents were encouraged to accompany their students to class.
"I love seeing the students come in," said first-grade teacher Debbie Randolph. "I like trying to learn their names and trying to them feel comfortable and feel at ease."
Richard and Kay Hysell dropped off their son T.J. Wednesday but next week his little sister Summerlyn will start kindergarten.
"Dad's okay," said Richard Hysell. "I'm worried about mom. This is the first year in seven years that both her children will be in school."
"Letting my children be with someone else for seven to eight hours a day, you know, someone else going to listen to them, spend time with them, but I'm comfortable with this school," she said.
The first day of school was a shortened one.
The real joy, at least for teachers such as Randolph will come at the end of this new school year.
"I love to get them at the beginning of the year when they can't read and to watch them improve by the end of the year," Randolph said. "That's what excites me really about first grade."
The first full day of classes in Wilson County will be Friday.
Schools in Coffee, Smith and Dickson Counties also started Wednesday.