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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZRApTlkQnE&feature=youtu.be

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_LUEMTPrVM&feature=youtu.be