Tallahassee, Florida --
Teachers at Bond Elementary spent the day on a school bus touring the neighborhoods where their students live.
Teachers we spoke to say this bus ride is one of their favorite parts of the school year. They get to kick it off right and seeing where their students come from.
Teachers at Bond Elementary loaded up the school bus Monday afternoon just like the kids will next week.
Laughing and enjoying each others company on their first day back together - like they do every year.
Warren Tyre is now in his second year at Bond. He said, "It's important for us to see where our kids come from ... so we can kind of relate to them ... and just have that background so we can bring that into the classroom."
They put up flyers with announcements, and connect with the community.
Wendy Holland teaches the 4th grade. She said, "We are in the Southside, which is inner city, so a lot of our educators aren't familiar to the struggles that our students go through prior to the classroom."
"They can have some sort of empathy for them when they come to school with all sorts of issues ... this will help enlighten them to see maybe why,' said Carol Pye, a 5th grade teacher.
The teachers told us that a lot of the children have to walk half of a mile just to get to a bus stop to get to school.
Pye explained, "Whether it's good weather, bad weather ... you know it's very important for us to see and understand where they are coming from."
The children were dancing and singing when they saw the teacher showing their excitement about the new school year.