COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) — Excitement was not lacking as ILTexas K-8 students returned to school Thursday. Teachers and administrators greeted students with music and dancing as they entered the building.

K-8 Principal Zachary Bolzan said he was very happy to see the kids back on campus. Teachers and administrators spent the summer working on lesson plans, preparing the building and executing their safety plan.

Bolzan said every effort has been made to ensure students have a smooth transition into the school year. For those still a little nervous, the principal offered simple advice.

“I’ll stick to our three Bs,” Bolzan said. “Be respectful, be responsible, be on time.”

Leadership is one of the many elements built into the K-8 program. Vice-Principal Amanda Krueger said students learn to implement servant leadership through “others before self-projects.” This allows students to choose a cause they are passionate about and discover ways to meet those needs.

Some of the initiatives the students have taken include donating to NICU Baylor Scott & White and hosting a ball for the elderly.

“We want them to know they can change the world,” Krueger said.

At ILTexas Aggieland High School, principal Linda Birdwell said this is a special school year as they will have a senior class for the first time. There are 30 seniors in this year’s class, and Birdwell said she looks forward to the legacy they will leave for more students in the Brazos Valley.

“They’re excited for everything,” Birdwell said. “They’re excited to jump into the real world, but they’re also excited about their senior year. We’re planning a senior sunrise for them, and we just can’t wait.

Sheila Smith, Vice-Principal of Aggieland High School, advises seniors to enjoy their senior year as it goes by quickly. For other students who might be nervous about starting high school, Smith said it’s okay and teachers are ready to support them in any way they can.

“As long as they’re ready to have a great school year, that’s all we can ask for,” Smith said.

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