GREENWICH, Conn. -- Lucas Del Pezo isn't sure what to expect this year, but he was certain of one thing at New Lebanon School in Greenwich.
"Well, I am getting a nice teacher," Lucas said about his Grade 5 teacher Laura McDermott.
Lucas walked to school Wednesday with his sister Sofia, 6, who is entering Grade 1 at the school, accompanied by their mother Karina.
Wednesday was the first day of class in the Greenwich Public School system, and Sofia said she was a little nervous and excited about the upcoming year. That excitement was shared by Karina Del Pezo.
"I am hoping that they have a wonderful school year, and I know they will do great," she said. "I'm just excited to see all the changes in school and how these guys do this year."
Principal Barbara Riccio welcomed students, parents and staff in an assembly held in the gym. She singled out the kindergarten students as they embark on their first year in school and the fifth-grade students, who are in their final year at the school.
"Those are our leaders. Those are our role models," she said about the Grade 5 students. "Those are the ones we will look up to all year."
One of the proud parents on hand was state Rep. Mike Bocchino, R-150th District, who has two sons, second-grader Sean and fifth-grader Michael, in the school.
"For the parents, it's heartfelt, especially for us. It's the final year of our experience for the one child here," he said of Michael. "It's very exciting, and the parents are happy."
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