More than 4,000 Chatham Students Head Back to School

Liz Clark takes first-day photo of Lafayette School fourth graders Kelsey Clark and Ava Tiscornia Credits: TAP Chatham
Fifth Graders at Lafayette School pose for a group photo Credits: TAP Chatham
Crossing guard Sonny Achille holds up traffic at Lafayette and Chatham Street Credits: TAP Chatham
Sonny Achille, the crossing guard with the flashing stop sign, at corner of Lafayette Avenue and Chatham Street Credits: TAP Chatham
Marilyn Kelly, starting her 20th year in Chatham, hands out name tags to her fourth graders Credits: TAP Chatham
Fifth Graders lined the halls to welcome Fourth Graders to Lafayette School Credits: TAP Chatham
Girls hold up the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance outside Lafayette School Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ -  Parents took photos and videos under sunny skies on Thursday morning, Sept. 4, as more than 4,000 students headed back to the brick buildings for the first day of the school year.

There are some 700 students at Lafayette School - made up of fourth- and fifth graders - and they all recited the Pledge of Allegiance outside before heading into the building. As is the tradition, fifth-grade students lined the halls and clapped in the new fourth grade students.

Lafayette Principal Cheryl Russo welcomes students on the first day of school in video below

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Fifth Graders at Lafayette School clap for Fourth Grade students as they head to their classrooms in video below

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