Warm welcomes encourage children on first day of school in Wake, Durham, Cumberland counties


The majority of students in central North Carolina headed back to school Monday.

Wake County Public School System schools on the traditional calendar, Durham Public Schools, and Cumberland County Schools all start the 2019-2020 school year. In Wake County, there were more than 10,000 teachers and administrators ready to greet 161,000 students on the first day back. Some of those teachers will be welcoming students to eight brand new schools including Southeast Raleigh Elementary School, which represents a special connection with the community and the YMCA.

“Southeast Raleigh Elementary School is our first public-private partnership in the school system,” Superintendent Cathy Moore said. “It is a collaboration between the WCPSS, the YMCA of the Triangle and Southeast Raleigh Promise, a community organization. It is an amazing vision. There is purpose and a lot of love that’s gone into creating this school for this community.” Read more here.