By: Kara Duffy
August 2, 2013
Decatur County, GA- With the single ring of a bell, it was back to school for students in Decatur County Friday morning.
At Elcan-King Elementary, the hallways buzzed with excitement as students greeted familiar faces and said farewell to their parents and summer vacay.
Kellie Martin is the mom of a new second grader. She said surprisingly, her daughter was up bright and early and ready to go Friday morning.
"My husband and I were laughing because she popped right out of bed and she said, 'I'm ready to go to school! I need to brush my teeth. Let me get my hair brushed,'" Martin said.
Aiyana Watkins, a fourth grade student, said she on the other hand had a hard time waking up.
"I was kind of a little tired because I was excited and I went to bed at 2 o'clock; because I was so excited and I couldn't go to bed," she said.
The students weren't the only ones excited to be back.
"A little relieved that they're back in school so I can have a little mom time before work and before school," said Phylicia Bush, mom to a third grader and a kindergarten student.
"We've had a great summer but I'm ready for her to get back to school because I need to get caught up on some things," Martin added.
Parents and students can expect to see some new changes this year. Thanks to a federal grant, the 'Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act,' all Decatur County students will receive free breakfast and lunch.
A secure main entrance was also newly installed at Elcan-King Elementary. That means all visitors must first be buzzed in and approved before they can enter the main building. It's a safety addition many parents say they're very happy with.
"Oh it's great; It's just awesome," Bush said.
"It puts our minds at ease," Martin added.
Friday also marked the first day back to school for students in Miller County.
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