Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy, Hamilton County Commissioner David Sharpe and Juvenile Court Judge Robert Philyaw were among several community leaders who lined up at the main entrance to Brainerd High School to welcome students back on Wednesday morning.
"I was nervous and scared," Dakota Putman, a junior at Brainerd, said as classmate Mariah Carter agreed. "We liked the energy, it's different."
Both Putnam and Carter said that with the welcome they feel good about the school year and look forward to having a good one.
"Let's go Brainerd, let's go," teachers and community leaders chanted as the students got off the bus and made it into the main entrance.