Philly students get back to the books

September 4, 2008 10:16:15 AM PDT
Summer vacation officially ended today for more than 100,000 Philadelphia public school students. Today is the first day of school. This morning, four of those students had a special escort on their way to Barry Elementary School in West Philadelphia. School CEO Dr. Arlene Ackerman walked with Tyell, Allure, Aleem and Sumayyah. The kids were excited to go to school today because Barry Elementary is a brand new building.

All week Ackerman has been canvassing the district, sizing-up what's needed, and where improvements can be made. Ackerman says she hopes this is a great year in Philadelphia and wants teachers to know she's there if they need her.

The Burns children got dressed and had breakfast together. But there was something special about today. The 8th, 5th and 2nd graders returned to their newly built neighborhood school, Commodore John Barry. A bright new building was constructed after a fire destroyed the old one in 2006.

Today instead of being bussed to other schools, the Burns and more than 500 other children walked to the new Barry where they were greeted by Mayor Michael Nutter and School Superintendant Arlene Ackerman.

Ackerman tells us, "It's a new beginning. It's a chance to start over to dream to set new goals."

Allure, an honor roll student, dreams of being a pediatrician and feeds her dream with a love of math, reading, and learning in general.

Allure says, "I'm hoping I'll learn new things that I didn't learn last year."

Watch as the Action Cam follows the Burns kids through their first day of school. Check out the videos in the media carousel above.

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